Signspoint to another reality orsuggests the existence ofanother reality, but there isno connection betweenthe sign and what it pointsto.
Symbols point to another reality and has the power to make the reality present and active without being identical to it.
Signs vis-à-vis Symbols Speak to the head Speak to the heart Supply information Provide inspiration No hidden power Has the hidden to make a reality power to make a reality present present can communicate no historical something of the content past, present and future.
SACRAMENTAL PRINCIPLESEverything in principle iscapable of embodying andcommunicating the divine[ presence of God].Human beings need tangiblesigns or symbols forcommunicating andunderstanding the outsiderealities [ of God].
• Latin word • Greek word “Sacramentum” “Mysterion” which means a which means secret which is something revealed hidden or partially. something not fully manifested.
Lessons ConnectSacramental PrincipleSacrament of the Holy Eucharist
1. Mystery From Greek word “mysterion” which means: A reality that is something secret, hidden, or not fully manifested In the bible, it is the hidden divine plan of God which was revealed through the prophets in the O.T. and to the apostles in the N.T. about Jesus Christ as the Savior and redeemer of all men.
Mystery Itis not that it has some secrets hiding from the people of God or something that we can never fully understand or grasp. Yet there are realities we have to know MORE about God. Mysterion is God’s loving design for the salvation of all peoples
2. Sacrament From the Latin word “sacramentum” which means partially revealed or manifested For the Roman soldiers it is a form of an OATH or pledge of loyalty to their gods. CFC defines sacrament as: A visible/concrete reality which makes an invisible reality (God’s presence) present and active.
God reveals himselfin the bible known asTHEOPHANIES. • Mighty Wind • EARTH QUAKE • LIGHTNING • Pillar of FIRE • Column of Clouds • Burning Bush
Holy Eucharist: The Eucharist, the climax of Christian initiation, is the center, “the source and summit of the whole Christian life” (LG no. 11). “For it commemorates the PASCHAL MYSTERY OF CHRIST.” The term eucharist is derived from the Greek word eucharistia which means “thanksgiving.” Jesus himself “gave thanks” at the Last Supper (Luke 22:19; 1 Cor 11:24; Mk 14:23; Mt 26:27).
The Holy Eucharist is NOT Priest- Centered Activity Choir-Centered Activity Decoration-Centered Activity Ritual-Centered Activity
Important points aboutthe Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist PCP II stresses on full, active participation on the whole people of God-everyone-and the essential inner connection of liturgy with social action. TheMass or the Holy Eucharist is both a personal and an ecclesial or communal worship activity. Therefore, everybody must participate!
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