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Catechism in a Year

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

242. What is the function of the liturgical year?

In the liturgical year the Church celebrates the whole mystery of Christ from his Incarnation to his return in glory. On set days the Church venerates with special love the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. The Church also keep the memorials of saints who lived for Christ, who suffered with him, and who live with him in glory.

Further reading: CCC 1168-1173, 1194-1195

243. What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

The Liturgy of the Hours, which is the public and common prayer of the Church, is the prayer of Christ with his body, the Church. Through the Liturgy of the Hours the mystery of Christ, which we celebrate in the Eucharist, sanctifies and transforms the whole of each day. It is composed mainly of psalms, other biblical texts, and readings from the Fathers and spiritual masters.

Further reading: CCC 1174-1178

These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.
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