12-31-2017 The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
December 31, 2017—The Holy Family
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
2 Sir 3:2-6,, 12-14; Ps. 128:1-5; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2:22-40

"Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
let the word of Christdwell in you richly.”
(Col 3:15A, 16A)
Why and how do you celebrate an important event in your family?

We live within a material and spiritual reality that is both visible and invisible. We experience the material world through our senses, but enter into depths of the
Mystery of God through eyes of faith.

Liturgy is from a Greek term meaning “public work or work done on behalf of the people.” Through our active participation in the liturgical celebration of the Church, we participate in Christ’s Paschal Mystery—his Passion, Death and Resurrection—in which Christ accomplished the work of our salvation. The Church celebrates the liturgy through an abundance of signs, symbols, and rituals. Every liturgical celebration is an action of Christ, who is our High Priest, and of his Mystical Body, which is the Church—the People of God.

Liturgy embraces all of the official, public prayer life of the Church. Sacrament refers to a particular celebration of Christ’s saving work. We can encounter Jesus Christ in the liturgical celebration and in the Sacraments. 

The Sacraments are efficacious signs of God’s grace. That is, they are effective because Jesus Christ instituted them and is at work in them, Christ entrusted the Sacraments to the Church, who oversees and celebrates them. The Sacraments transmit divine life to us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

The Church recognizes seven Sacraments, that are grouped together as follows: Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist); Sacraments of Healing (Penance and Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick); and Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Holy Orders and Matrimony).

Through the liturgy and Sacraments, Jesus calls us to worship God, to hear and reflect on the Word of God, to show us how to pray, to deepen our faith, to build up
the Church, to connect us with the Church’s living Tradition, and to grow in holiness, both individually and communally.

The visible reality we see in the Sacraments is their outward expression—their form, words, and symbol, and the way in which they are administered and received. The invisible reality that we cannot visibly see is God’s grace, the free and loving gift by which God offers us a share in God’s life and God’s desire for our eternal salvation through the redeeming Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our response to this grace is the gift of faith, and our going forth to love
and to serve God and our neighbor. 

U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 14.
 Reflect on Your Experience
How do you prepare yourself prior to attending a liturgical celebration?

How do you actively participate in the celebration of the liturgy?

How do you express your love and service for God and our neighbor?

      U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

"Introduction to the Sacraments" (USCCB)

"Why Observe the Sacraments?" (Bishop Don Hying)

"What is a Sacrament"

"Why Are We a Sacramental People?" (Fr. Michael Himes of Boston College)

"Sacraments, Introduction" - CCC 1066-1075 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Liturgy and Holy Trinity" - CCC 1076-1112 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Sacraments, Paschal Mystery" - CCC 1113-1134 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Sacraments, Who? How? - CCC 1135-1162 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Sacraments, When? Where? - CCC 1163-1199 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Liturgy, Diversity, and Unity" - CCC 1200-1209 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Your Grace is Enough" (Chris Tomlin)

"All the Ends of the Earth" (Bob Dufford)

"Give Thanks" (Maranatha Singers)

"Canticle of the Sun"
Rites, Symbols, & Practices

"Sacraments and Sacramentals" (USCCB)

What Are the Sacraments? - Introduction and Overview (Archdiocese of Boston)

"Catholics: A Sacramental People" (C21 Resources, Boston College)
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