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The Role of Ritual in Sacraments and Liturgy. Like Dancing Bears. Rituals. Symbolic actions that help us express our beliefs, values and important events with words and physical actions. Brings people together and gives expression to their identity

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Rituals
Rituals

  • Symbolic actions that help us express our beliefs, values and important events withwords and physical actions.

  • Brings people together and gives expression to their identity

  • Rituals help us express the sacred and layers of meaning through action.


The sacraments as ritual
The Sacraments as Ritual

  • A scripted rite provided by the Church;

    sometimes there are various versions

    of the rite.

  • Common elements include:

    • Ritual (thus, theyare called “Rites”)

    • Words that are said (The “form” of the sacrament)

    • Physical elements, posture, gestures, choreographed action (The “matter” of the sacrament)

  • Authentic (not just symbolic) experience of God and grace, mediated through Christ and our presence to one another.


What beliefs values events
What beliefs, values, events?

  • The Paschal Mystery: the life, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.

    • Each time we celebrate sacrament, we memorialize and share in the Paschal Mystery.

  • With sacramental grace, we are commissioned to “incarnate” the mystery of Christ in the world.


  • Not just routine
    Not just routine…

    • Non-ritual routine does not express underlying layers of meaning.

    • Non-ritual routine is repetition for repetition’s sake, or because it’s more efficient: taking the same way to work, building a part in the same manner, writing an essay in a particular format.


    Seven sacraments
    Seven Sacraments

    Sacraments of Healing

    Sacraments of Initiation

    Sacraments at Service of Community

    Holy Orders

    Matrimony

    • Baptism

    • Confirmation

    • Eucharist

    • Reconciliation

    • Anointing of the Sick


    Liturgy
    Liturgy

    All sacraments are liturgy.

    All liturgy involves ritual and grace.

    Corporate Worship: “the work of the people”

    Common action and symbol (ritual)

    Imprints identity

    Bonds community

    Reflects the community that is the trinitarian God to help us more tangibly experience Him in one another and to take His love into the world.


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