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Liturgy and 7 Sacraments

Liturgy and Seven Sacraments Online Catholic Resources

by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

 

Eucharist greatest of 7 Sacraments summit of catholic liturgyWhen the Second Vatican Council proclaimed the Roman Catholic liturgy as the "Source and Summit" of Christian life, they were of course refering most especially to the Eucharist.  But in a wider way, they were referring to the seven sacraments and entire liturgical life of the Catholic Church, the public, official prayer of the entire Body of Christ. Vatican II taught that indeed "every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the Priest and of his Body, which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others. No other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree." (SC 7).

 

Devotional prayers, such as the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, are indeed wonderful aids to spiritual growth.  But in this section of the Crossroads on-line resource library, we are concerned with the official, public prayer of the Catholic church which includes:

The articles and documents below are designed to help individual Catholics and Catholic educators unpack the riches of the Roman Catholic liturgy.  In fact the entire Crossroads website is at the service of liturgy-based religious education since it includes not only teaching about the sacraments and other dimensions of Roman Catholic liturgy, but also articles on how to get the most out of the liturgical seasons such as Lent, Eastertide, Christmas, and the Roman Catholic Advent Season. 

 

In addition, the library contains short reflections on the readings for every Sunday of the Year for lectionary cycles A and C, following the Roman Catholic liturgical Calendar.  We are currently adding these commentaries for cycle B of the Roman Catholic liturgical year several days before the Sunday for which the commenary is written.  The articles are archived on this site by topic and are also listed under the author category of Marcellino D'Ambrosio.  To receive these reflections free of charge as you make your way through the Roman Catholic liturgical year, sign-up for the weekly Crossroads email.  These resources for liturgy-based religious education may be downloaded as pdf files for no charge and duplicated for use as religious education handouts in families, study groups, and religious education classes for ages 12 through adult.

 

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Catholic Liturgical YearGod's Seven Gifts: The Sacraments of the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church has always emphasized the centrality of the liturgy and especially the sacraments. Yet even today, many Catholics either don't understand liturgy and sacraments or they take them for granted.  In this 6 talk set on the sacraments entitled "God's Seven Gifts," Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio covers not only each of the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church, but also the other dimensions of the Roman Catholic liturgy--the Catholic Liturgical Year including Lent and the Roman Catholic Advent Season, the sacramentals, and even the liturgy of the hours.  Dr. D'Ambrosio's style is upbeat and easy enough to understand for an adult going through RCIA, but also meaty enough for continuing education for catechists, DRE's, and Catholic School religion teachers.

 

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Feast of Faith - The Transforming Power of the Eucharist

Feast of Faith, Sacraments and the LiturgyPope John Paul II has decreed a special "year of the Eucharist" to help Catholics come to a greater appreciation of this Source and Summit of our Catholic Faith and highpoint of the Roman Catholic liturgy - the Catholic Liturgical Year. Make the most of this opportunity with "The Feast of Faith," an enlightening, four-part adult faith formation series (on 2 CDs, 2 Audio Tapes, 2 VHS, or 2 DVDs) guaranteed to unlock the life-changing power of the Eucharist in your life and in the lives of those you teach.  Be sure to order the Feast of Faith Workbook (view a sample online) to get the most out of this amazing Eucharist Series! 

 Feast of Faith DVD - $44.95     Feast of Faith – CD - $19.95

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Feast of Faith Workbook - $5.95 


 

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Title Author Excerpt Download
All You Need is Love Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Baptism as Illumination in the Early Church -- St. Justin Martyr St. Justin, Martyr Yes Download
Baptism is a Symbol of Christ's Passion - St. Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem Yes Download
Baptism Means Crossing the Jordan - Origen Origen Yes Download
Baptism of the Lord - St. Gregory Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
Baptism of the Lord and the Sacrament of Confirmation Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Baptism of the Son of God Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Baptismal Priesthood, Ministerial Priesthood--Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes
Blessing of the Advent Wreathe Various No Download
Blood and Water From His Side - St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes Download
Born Again in Water and Spirit-St. Basil St. Basil the Great Yes Download
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on the Sacrament of Penance Cardinal Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI No
Catholic Church on Marriage, Divorce, and Annulments Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Charisms of the Holy Spirit and the Sacrament of Confirmation Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Chrism and White Garments-St Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Christ the King - Judge and Savior Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Christ's Presence in Liturgy-Vatican II Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) Yes
Corpus Christi: The Real Presence of the Body of Christ in the Eucharist Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Dies Domini (On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy) -- Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No Download
Divine Mercy Sunday and the Sacrament of Mercy Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Dominicae Cenae--John Paul II on the Eucharist Pope John Paul II No
Easter Alleluia-St Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Ecclesia de Eucharistia--John Paul II on the Eucharist Pope John Paul II No
Emmaus Road- Journey From Despair to Joy Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Eucharist and the Incarnation -- St. Hilary St. Hilary of Poitiers Yes
Eucharist True Body of Christ, Heavenly Manna -- St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Eucharist vs. Junk Food - You Are What You Eat Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
EWTN - Exploring the Catholic Church #2 - Understanding the Mass Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
EWTN - Exploring the Catholic Church - Who Needs the Church #1 Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Exultet -- The Easter Proclamation Anonymous No Download
Feast of Corpus Christi Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Feast of Presentation-Liturgy Various No Download
Forgive Us Our Trespasses Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Forgiveness of Sin and the Church Isaac of Stella Yes
Fraternal Correction -- Loving Intervention Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
General Instruction of the Roman Missal Various No
Getting More out of the Mass Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
God's Plan of Salvation- Vatican II Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) Yes
Good Friday, the True Day of Atonement--Origen Origen Yes Download
Hidden Meaning of the Loaves & Fishes Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Holy Spirit as Living Water- St. Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem Yes Download
Holy Thursday Chrism Mass Homily Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Indulgences Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Jerusalem Catecheses 1-12 Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem No
Jerusalem Catecheses 12-24 Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem No
Jesus - Lamb of God? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Jesus Christ and the Biblical Idea of Kingship Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Liberal vs. Conservative - Old vs. New Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Life is a Feast Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Liturgy and Sacraments - Selected Bibliography Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Liturgy in 4th Century Jerusalem-The Travels of Egeria Various Yes Download
Mane Nobiscum Domine - Pope John Paul II on the Eucharist Pope John Paul II No Download
Mediator Dei-Pope Pius XII on the Liturgy Pope Pius XII No
Mysterium Fidei--Paul VI on the Eucharist Pope Paul VI No
Mystery of the Lord's Baptism--Maximus of Turin St. Maximus of Turin Yes
O Wonderful Banquet! St. Thomas Aquinas on the Feast of Corpus Christi St. Thomas Aquinas Yes Download
On the Mysteries-St Ambrose on the Sacraments St. Ambrose of Milan No
Order of Blessing an Event Various Yes
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis--John Paul II on Male Priesthood Pope John Paul II No
Parable of the Wheat and Tares Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Peter, the Pope and the Bible? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Pope John Paul II's Homily Announcing the Year of the Eucharist, the Source and Summit Pope John Paul II No Download
Power of the Waters of Baptism -- St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Prayer after Mass--St. Thomas Aquinas St. Thomas Aquinas Yes Download
Preparation for Baptism -- St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Priesthood of Believers Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Promotion of Greater Inculturation - Propositions 26-30 Zenit Catholic News Service No Download
Propositions of Synod 16-20 - Word of God and Eucharist Zenit Catholic News Service No Download
Psalsms, the Song of the Church -- Pius X St. Pius X, Pope Yes
Radical Jesus in Synod Zenit Catholic News Service No Download
Reading the Documents of Vatican II Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Reconciliation and Penance-Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No
Redemptionis Sacramentum - Most Holy Eucharist Congregation for Divine Worship (Vatican) No Download
Religiosity VS. Holiness Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Sacrament of Confirmation -- Meaning and Biblical Basis Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes
Sacrament of Confirmation, Sacrament of Champions - Part I Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Sacrament of Confirmation, Sacrament of Champions - Part II Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Sacrament of Confirmation: Its Importance and Meaning to the Early Church Fathers Various Yes Download
Sacrament of Matrimony-Catechism of the Catholic Church Catechism of the Catholic Church Yes
Sacrament of Unity-St. Fulgentius of Ruspe St. Fulgentius of Ruspe Yes Download
Sacramentals: their role in Catholic Sacramental Life Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Sacraments From the Lion of Judah Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Sacred Heart of Jesus-Bonaventure St. Bonaventure Yes Download
Spiritus et Sponsa -- John Paul II on the Liturgy and Vatican II Pope John Paul II No
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ON THE EUCHARIST St. Thomas Aquinas Yes Download
Sunday Eucharist in the Early Church-St. Justin Martyr St. Justin, Martyr Yes Download
Thanksgiving and the Eucharist Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Thanksgiving Reading and Table Blessing Various No Download
The Apostles Creed Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
The Mass as a Sacrifice Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Theology of Kneeling-Cardinal Ratzinger Cardinal Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI Yes
Theology of the Body, Spirit vs. Flesh Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Titles of the Holy Spirit - Keith A. Fournier Keith A. Fournier Yes Download
Tradition, Tradition Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Understanding the Mass Part IV - His Presence in Word and Sacrament Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes Download
Understanding the Mass Part V - A Meal Like No Other Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes Download
Understanding the Mass, Part I -- Christ's Sacrifice Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes Download
Understanding the Mass, Part II -- Our Sacrifice Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes Download
Understanding the Mass, Part III -- Real Presence in Priest and People Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Yes Download
Vatican II Constitution on the Liturgy--Excerpts on the Eucharist Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) Yes
Vatican II Lumen Gentium on the Eucharist Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) Yes
We Pray to Him and Through Him -- St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes

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