Session Title: – The Sacraments
- * The Catholic Vision Edward D. O'Connor, C.S.C
|Category||Sacrament||Can be received|
|Eucharist||up to once a day.|
|anointing of the Sick||several|
Homework for next session
This isn’t something we just ‘made up’
Rom. 6:3-11 [Epistle for Easter Vigil]
Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin. For a dead person has been absolved from sin. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as (being) dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.
Anonymous sermon – O of R, Wed. of Holy Week (p582)
Words associated with… (CCC 1214-ff) (Gk) Baptizein – to immerse or plunge (“taking the plunge”)
“the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit” Titus 3:5 not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit Jn 3:5 Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
Enlightenment (CCC 1216) “Those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding” (St. Justin, Apologia) “Having received in Baptism the Word, the ‘true light that enlightens every man,’ the person baptized has been enlightened, he becomes a ‘son of light,’ indeed, he becomes ‘light’ himself” (Jn. 1:9, Thess. 5:5, Hb 10:32, Eph. 5:8)
“Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship.” (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Oratio 40)
Where did it come from? CCC 1217 Blessing of the water Father, you give us grace through sacramental signs, which tell us of the wonders of your unseen power.
In Baptism we use your gift of water, which you have made a rich symbol of the grace you give us in this sacrament. At the very dawn of creation your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. The waters of the great flood you made a sign of the waters of Baptism, that make an end of sin and a new beginning of goodness. You freed the children of Abraham from the slavery of Pharaoh, bringing them dry-shod through the waters of the Red Sea, to be an image of the people set free in Baptism.
Melito of Sardis, Easter Homily (O of R Easter Monday, p.554) – on types and fulfillments
In the Church from the beginning Acts 2:38 Peter speaking at Pentecost Peter (said) to them, "Repent and be baptized, 7 every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit.
Acts 16:31-33 Conversion of Paul and Silas’ Jailer (infant baptism) And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved." So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. He brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.
The rite is somewhat self-explanatory Welcome and the Sign of the Cross – Baptism and entry into the community of Christ’s death and resurrection Word of God Various readings explain how it is that we were justified St. Anastasius, Oratio 4 (O of R Easter Tuesday, p.568) Exorcisms and Annointing Forgiveness of Original Sin Healing of the Soul Blessing of the Water (see above) calls down the Holy Spirit Promises (creed) This is the stuff of our faith, our response to God’s love Jerusalem Catechesis (O of R Easter Thursday, p.596) Chrism Royal dignity Jerusalem Catechesis (O of R Easter Friday, p.609) The light and the garment Eph. 6:11-17 Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.