Sacraments celebrate many of the meaningful actions of our lives SACRAMENTS

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<ul><li><p>SACRAMENTSSacraments celebrate many of the meaningful actions of our lives</p></li><li><p>Actions of JesusWhat Christ alone didhe now does in the sacraments. The saving act of Jesus isvisible through the official actions of his body, the Church.Sacrament means an embodimentJesus is the sacrament of GodThe Church is the sacrament of Jesus in the world</p></li><li><p>Symbolic ActionsSymbolic actions are more powerful than words aloneExamples:</p></li><li><p>Eucharistic MealWe connect most directly with Christ in the EucharistThe meal ritually binds us togetherSymbolism of Seder-Passover-Last Supper Lamb of God Cross ResurrectionThis is my Body-Blood Do this </p></li><li><p>MassThe Mass is the center of Catholic lifeWhere we meet Jesus and each otherReadings/rituals prescribed so they will not vary over time and across cultureMost parts date to early days of the ChurchThe Eucharist reminds us of the sacredness of every meal we share</p></li><li><p>Seven SacramentsSacraments are intense experiences of the sacramentality of all life.Baptism Acceptance, belongingSymbol of waterNot magic</p></li><li><p>Sacraments of InitiationBaptismConfirmation ritual of taking adult responsibilityEucharist</p></li><li><p>Sacraments of HealingReconciliation highlights the importance of forgiveness in our livesSacrament of the Sick Gods help and communitys support is available</p></li><li><p>Sacraments of CommitmentMarriage The support of Jesus and the community are availableHoly Orders The community commissions leaders</p><p>Sacraments are encounters with God which should lead us to see the sacredness of all of our experiences.</p></li></ul>