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Lent - See Seasons 1

Sacraments of Healing.

During the Lenten Period this year we at Christ our hope are
 focussing on the Sacraments of Healing.
 - please read the more formal information on our Blog site
.
By Healing, of course we do not refer to the average visit to
the family doctor or even specialist but something related to
 this in the ecclesiastical sense.

 Sacraments of Anointing and Penance

As we make our journey through to Good Friday and Easter we
shall be concentrating primarily on our Spiritual health and this
 we do by bringing ourselves in all honesty into the presence of
 God and laying the burdens of our concerns and errors in his court.
We won't speak here of sin as in that which is dark, sinister or black
 but of the many small sorrows that drag us down when we review
our lives and realise that we are not the people God desires us to be.

Sin is a dis...ease of the Soul which so very easily leads to diseased
 minds or bodies when we do not stop to hand ourselves over to the
  Lord who is the greatest healer of all time. We only have to re-read
 the Gospels to recall how Jesus healed all those who were sick
 or possessed to know that he does not want any of us to suffer from
 the effects of sin or disease in our lives.

We can bring our dis - ease of mind and soul to the community
Pastors at any time during this period and ask for the healing of the sacrament of Penance.

Sacrament of Anointing

At Christ Our Hope the Sacrament is celebrated in two ways either within the context of

a Communal Healing Celebration: If the Liturgy of the Word set down for the day calls for it, such a Celebration takes place within a  Eucharistic setting.

Hospital/Private Home setting: A pastoral visit by Clergy to a local hospital may present an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament, if requested by the individual who is either unwell (Anointing and Viaticum) or preparing for death (Extreme Unction). In addition, a home visit also has been especially appropriate for the administering of this holy sacrament of “Christian strengthening of soul, mind and body”.




 ( pressed olive leaves or other plants
used for the Asperges)

 



Easter - See Seasons 2

Please visit our blog for further information

The Sacraments of Initiation

During the Easter Season, until Pentecost we at Christ our Hope focus this year on two of the three Sacraments of Initiation. 
Sacraments of initiation are rites that introduce a person to the Christian church.

 

Baptism and Eucharist

 Margaret's Baptism 2009

Initiation: - to be initiated in the ordinary sense is to begin a period of instruction or introduction before being inducted into an organization or employment of some kind.

 

 

Baptism

 

In the ecclesiastical sense initiation also consists of a period of instruction which the church calls catechesis after which one is baptised into the Body of Christ as a potential Christian.

If we are received into the church as children or babies it is our parents and God-parents who receive the instruction and if it is us then we pass through a programme known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in which we are received into the Body of Christ in Baptism and through our confession of faith in Confirmation of that Faith.

Jesus himself passed through the waters of Baptism at the Jordan and the final order or Ordinance given to His disciples was to go out into all the world baptising in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 Baptism is one of two sacraments in which Jesus himself participated.

"9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’( Mark 1:9-11NRSV)

 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’" ( Matthew 28:18-20 NRSV)

Go to Baptism @ blog

Also see Water and Religion

Eucharist

How or why is the Eucharist a sacrament of Initiation?

When it is something we do over and over again?

The Eucharist gives one the "food of eternal life." The Eucharist also allows us to receive the Lord and shows us that we are committed to Him. The Eucharist also is the initiation into Christ's body and blood which was shed for us. 


Therefore the Church has deemed the Eucharist a sacrament of Initiation. Again, as with the case of baptism this is something in which Jesus himself participated. Each time we receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist we renew our life in Him - we renew the Life of the Church


 19 "And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."


20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood." (Luke 22;19,20. NASB)

 Christian Dreaming confirmation

 
 

 

 

Bishop Peter,

Last updated 14/07/2015 web-servant Br Andrew Blair efo