Christian faith, the mystery of the
Holy Trinity (90, 234).
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION:
Principal feast days on which, in
addition to Sundays, Catholics
are obliged by Church law to
participate in the Eucharist; a
precept of the Church (2043, 2180).
The seat of the central
administration of the worldwide
Catholic Church; the name is
taken from the seat or diocese of
the Pope, Bishop of Rome and
successor of St. Peter as Vicar of
Christ and pastor of the universal
Church (cf. 882).
The third divine
Person of the Blessed Trinity, the
personal love of Father and Son
for each other. Also called the
Paraclete (Advocate) and Spirit of
Truth, the Holy Spirit is at work
with the Father and the Son from
the beginning to the completion of
the divine plan for our salvation
(685; cf. 152, 243).
Blessed water, a
sacramental whose sprinkling or
use is a reminder of Baptism and a
means of sanctification (1668).
preceding Easter, beginning with
Palm (Passion) Sunday, called the
“Great Week” in the liturgies of
the Eastern Churches. It marks the
Church’s annual celebration of the
events of Christ’s Passion, death,
and Resurrection, culminating in
the Paschal Mystery (1169).
Preaching by an
ordained minister to explain
the Scriptures proclaimed in the
liturgy and to exhort the people to
accept them as the Word of God
(132, 1100, 1349).
attraction or orientation toward
persons of the same sex and/or
sexual acts between persons of
the same sex. Homosexual acts
are morally wrong because they
violate God’s purpose for human
sexual activity (2357).
The theological virtue by
which we desire and expect from
God both eternal life and the grace
we need to attain it (1817).
The virtue by which
a Christian acknowledges that
God is the author of all good.
Humility avoids inordinate
ambition or pride, and provides
the foundation for turning to
God in prayer (2559). Voluntary
humility can be described as
“poverty of spirit” (2546).
Sacred poetry set to
music and meant to raise the
hearts of Christian people to
God, especially during liturgical
union of the divine and human
natures in the one divine Person
) of the Son of
God, Jesus Christ (252, 468).
traditional among many Eastern
Christians. Christian iconography
expresses in images the same
Gospel message that Scripture
communicates by words (1160).
A heresy which
maintained that veneration of
religious images is unlawful.
Iconoclasm was condemned as