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Part Two

II.

C

hrist

s

W

ork

in

the

L

iturgy

Christ glorified . . .

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“Seated at the right hand of the Father” and pouring out the

Holy Spirit on his Bodywhich is theChurch, Christ nowacts through

the sacraments he instituted to communicate his grace. The sacra-

ments are perceptible signs (words and actions) accessible to our

human nature. By the action of Christ and the power of the Holy

Spirit they make present efficaciously the grace that they signify.

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In the liturgy of the Church, it is principally his own

Paschal mystery that Christ signifies and makes present. During

his earthly life Jesus announced his Paschal mystery by his teaching

and anticipated it by his actions. When his Hour comes, he lives

out the unique event of history which does not pass away: Jesus

dies, is buried, rises from the dead, and is seated at the right hand

of the Father “once for all.”

8

His Paschal mystery is a real event that

occurred in our history, but it is unique: all other historical events

happen once, and then they pass away, swallowed up in the past.

The Paschal mystery of Christ, by contrast, cannot remain only in

the past, because by his death he destroyed death, and all that

Christ is—all that he did and suffered for all men—participates in

the divine eternity, and so transcends all times while being made

present in them all. The event of the Cross and Resurrection

abides

and draws everything toward life.

. . . from the time of the Church of the Apostles . . .

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“Accordingly, just as Christ was sent by the Father so also

he sent the apostles, filled with the Holy Spirit. This he did so that

they might preach the Gospel to every creature and proclaim that

the Son of God by his death and resurrection had freed us from the

power of Satan and from death and brought us into the Kingdom

of his Father. But he also willed that the work of salvation which

they preached should be set in train through the sacrifice and

sacraments, around which the entire liturgical life revolves.”

9

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Thus the risen Christ, by giving the Holy Spirit to the

apostles, entrusted to them his power of sanctifying:

10

they

became sacramental signs of Christ. By the power of the same

Holy Spirit they entrusted this power to their successors. This

8

Rom

6:10;

Heb

7:27; 9:12; cf.

Jn

13:1; 17:1.

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SC

6.

10 Cf.

Jn

20:21-23.

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