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The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

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apostolic age the liturgy has been drawn toward its goal by the

Spirit’s groaning in the Church:

Marana tha

!

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The liturgy thus

shares in Jesus’ desire: “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover

with you . . . until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

55

In the

sacraments of Christ the Church already receives the guarantee of

her inheritance and even now shares in everlasting life, while

“awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great

God and Savior Christ Jesus.”

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The “Spirit and the Bride say,

‘Come . . . Come, Lord Jesus!’”

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St. Thomas sums up the various aspects of sacramental signs:

“Therefore a sacrament is a sign that commemorates what

precedes it—Christ’s Passion; demonstrates what is accom-

plished in us through Christ’s Passion—grace; and prefig-

ures what that Passion pledges to us—future glory.”

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IN BRIEF

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The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted

by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine

life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the

sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the

graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those

who receive themwith the required dispositions.

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The Church celebrates the sacraments as a priestly

community structured by the baptismal priesthood

and the priesthood of ordained ministers.

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The Holy Spirit prepares the faithful for the sacra-

ments by the Word of God and the faith which wel-

comes that word in well-disposed hearts. Thus the

sacraments strengthen faith and express it.

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The fruit of sacramental life is bothpersonal and ecclesial.

For every one of the faithful on the one hand, this fruit is

life for God in Christ Jesus; for the Church, on the other, it

is an increase in charity and in her mission of witness.

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1 Cor

16:22.

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Lk

22:15.

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Titus

2:13.

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Rev

22:17, 20.

58 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

III, 60, 3.

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