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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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