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The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

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joined together; the refusal of fertility turns married

life away from its “supreme gift,” the child (

GS

50 §1).

1665

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living,

lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as

taught by Christ. They are not separated from the

Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic commun­

ion. They will lead Christian lives especially by edu-

cating their children in the faith.

1666

The Christian home is the place where children receive

the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the

family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a

community of grace and prayer, a school of human

virtues and of Christian charity.

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SACRAMENTALS

1667

“Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramen-

tals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacra-

ments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which

are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them men

are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and

various occasions in life are rendered holy.”

173

The characteristics of sacramentals

1668

Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification of certain

ministries of the Church, certain states of life, a great variety of

circumstances in Christian life, and the use of many things helpful

to man. In accordance with bishops’ pastoral decisions, they can

also respond to the needs, culture, and special history of the Chris-

tian people of a particular region or time. They always include a

prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on

of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water

(which recalls Baptism).

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SC

60; cf. CIC, can. 1166; CCEO, can. 867.

699, 2157