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Catechism in a Year

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

236. How is the liturgy celebrated?

The celebration of the liturgy is interwoven with signs and symbols whose meaning is rooted in creation in human culture. It is determined by the events of the Old Testament and is fully revealed in the Person and work of Christ.

Further reading: CCC 1145

237. From where do the sacramental signs come?

Some come from created things (light, water, fire, bread, wine, oil); others come from social life (washing, anointing, breaking of bread). Still others come from the history of salvation in the Old Covenant (the Passover rites, the sacrifices, the laying on of hands, the consecrations). These signs, some of which are normative and unchangeable, were taken up by Christ and are made the bearers of his saving and sanctifying action.

Further reading: CCC 1146-1152, 1189

These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.
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