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Part Two

IN BRIEF

1677

Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the

Church. They prepare men to receive the fruit of the

sacraments and sanctify different circumstances of

life.

1678

Among the sacramentals blessings occupy an impor­

tant place. They include both praise of God for his

works and gifts, and the Church’s intercession for men

that they may be able to use God’s gifts according to

the spirit of the Gospel.

1679

In addition to the liturgy, Christian life is nourished

by various forms of popular piety, rooted in the differ-

ent cultures. While carefully clarifying them in the

light of faith, the Church fosters the forms of popular

piety that express an evangelical instinct and a human

wisdom and that enrich Christian life.

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rticle

2

CHRISTIAN FUNERALS

1680

All the sacraments, and principally those of Christian in­

itiation, have as their goal the last Passover of the child of God

which, through death, leads him into the life of the Kingdom. Then

what he confessed in faith and hope will be fulfilled: “I look forward

to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.”

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assover

1681

The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of

the

Paschal mystery

of the death and resurrection of Christ in whom

resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is

“away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

185

1682

For the Christian the day of death inaugurates,

at the end of

his sacramental life,

the fulfillment of his new birth begun at Baptism,

the definitive “conformity” to “the image of the Son” conferred by

184 Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.

185

2 Cor

5:8.

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