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The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

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“The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of

the Church”:

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it must be preceded by evangelization, faith, and

conversion. It can then produce its fruits in the lives of the faithful:

new life in the Spirit, involvement in the mission of the Church,

and service to her unity.

Prayer and liturgy

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The liturgy is also a participation in Christ’s own prayer

addressed to the Father in the Holy Spirit. In the liturgy, all Chris-

tian prayer finds its source and goal. Through the liturgy the inner

man is rooted and grounded in “the great love with which [the

Father] loved us” in his beloved Son.

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It is the same “marvelous

work of God” that is lived and internalized by all prayer, “at all

times in the Spirit.”

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Catechesis and liturgy

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“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the

Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power

flows.”

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It is therefore the privileged place for catechizing the

People of God. “Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of

liturgical and sacramental activity, for it is in the sacraments,

especially in the Eucharist, that Christ Jesus works in fullness for

the transformation of men.”

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Liturgical catechesis aims to initiate people into the mys-

tery of Christ (It is “mystagogy.”) by proceeding from the visible

to the invisible, from the sign to the thing signified, from the

“sacraments” to the “mysteries.” Such catechesis is to be presented

by local and regional catechisms. This Catechism, which aims to

serve the whole Church in all the diversity of her rites and cul-

tures,

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will present what is fundamental and common to the

whole Church in the liturgy as mystery and as celebration (

Section

One

), and then the seven sacraments and the sacramentals (

Section

Two

).

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SC

9.

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Eph

2:4; 3:16-17.

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Eph

6:18.

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SC

10.

14 John Paul II,

CT

23.

15 Cf.

SC

3-4.

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