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Sacraments: Unit 1

Liturgy, tradition, ritual, symbol, sacrament.
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Hannah Clark

on 16 January 2014

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Unit I:
Building Blocks
Liturgy
The Church's public, communal prayer; literally means "the people's work"
(insert Sr. Maria story here)
Liturgy is based upon Scripture and Tradition, together making the Deposit of Faith
Tradition
Meaning "to hand on," refers to the process of passing on the Gospel message
Uppercase "T" tradition is Truth that will never change, while lowercase "t" tradition refers to customs that can change
Where do you all stand with liturgy and T/tradition?
In a perfect world...
-liturgy should be like a record player
-you only get something out of liturgy if you put something into liturgy
-we would be conscious of the fact that liturgy is experiencing the Trinity as opposed to merely reading or talking about it
-we would be conscious of the liturgical seasons...liturgy will always meet someone where they are!
-we would use our theological imaginations to help prepare us for all of the above
Ritual
The established form of the words and actions for a ceremony that is repeated often, which often have a symbolic meaning. In other words, rituals are
symbolic actions
.
How do the following secular rituals typically proceed? Who is involved and what does the ritual mean for them?
*inauguration
*opening ceremony for Academy Awards
*opening ceremony for the Olympic Games

Rituals take us to the depth of an experience.
"Actions speak louder than words."

Examples?
If ALL of life is sacramental, shouldn't we LIVE ritualistically? How?
-Raw vs. lived experience
If rituals are symbolic actions, what is a symbol?
Symbol
An object or action that points us to another reality.
It leads us to look beyond our senses to consider a
deeper mystery.
What the heck is a sacrament?
Sacrament
an efficacious sign of God's grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church
Efficacious
effective
Grace
the gift of God's free and deserved help; it's not a thing, it's a relationship that we are in
In other words...
a sacrament is an effective sign that God is giving us free and undeserved help
Discuss:
What is the difference between the way of nature and the way of grace, and which is more challenging?

Why seven sacraments if I'm teaching that life is sacramental? Why the seven that we have?
Prayer
Lifting one's heart and mind to God
Blessing and Adoration
Petition
Intercession
Thanksgiving
Praise
we bless God because he has blessed us; we adore God for his greatness
prayer for our needs
prayer for the needs of others
we acknowledge God as creator and thank him for his goodness
joyfully expressing our love for God
Forms of Prayer
Expressions of Prayer
Vocal Prayer
uses words to speak to God; can be spoken out loud or silently, alone or in a group
Meditation
uses thoughts, imagination and emotion to get in touch with God
Contemplation
wordless prayer; a way of listening for God's movement in our lives; "resting in God"
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