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Part Two

S

ection

O

ne

T

he

S

acramental

E

conomy

1076

The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of

Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

1

The gift of the

Spirit ushers in a new era in the “dispensation of the mystery”—

the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes

present, and communicates his work of salvation through the

liturgy of his Church, “until he comes.”

2

In this age of the Church

Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a new way

appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in

what the common Tradition of the East and the West calls “the

sacramental economy”; this is the communication (or “dispensa-

tion”) of the fruits of Christ’s Paschal mystery in the celebration of

the Church’s “sacramental” liturgy.

It is therefore important first to explain this “sacramental

dispensation” (

chapter one

). The nature and essential features of

liturgical celebration will then appear more clearly (

chapter two

).

C

hapter

O

ne

T

he

P

aschal

M

ystery

in the

A

ge of the

C

hurch

A

rticle

1

THE LITURGY—WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY

I.

T

he

F

ather

—S

ource and

G

oal of

the

L

iturgy

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the

heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation

of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He

destined us before him in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ,

according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious

grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”

3

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Blessing is a divine and life-giving action, the source of

which is the Father; his blessing is both word and gift.

4

When

1 Cf.

SC

6;

LG

2.

2

1 Cor

11:26.

3

Eph

1:3-6.

4

eu-logia, bene-dictio.

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