What Catholics Believe

Easter

This is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  The Gospel stories describe the rising of Jesus from the tomb and his encouters with his disciples.  The hope of Christians through Easter, is that each one of them will similarly be raised to new life with God after death.

 

Eucharist

Derived from the Greek word meaning 'thanksgiving', the focus is on the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the re-enactment of the Last Supper of Jesus.  The highpoint of the Eucharist is the receiving of the body and blood of Christ in Holy Communion.

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition is an important sign of devotion to, and worship of, Jesus Christ.  This is because Catholics believe that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is therefore given the same adoration and devotion that is given to Christ.

During the Exposition, the Eucharist is displayed in a monstrance, typically placed on an altar, at times with a light focused on it, or with candles around it.  In many cases Eucharistic adoration is performed by one person for an uninterrupted hour known as the Holy Hour.  The inspiration for the holy hour is from Matthew 26v40 when in the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before His crucifixion, Jesus asks Peter, "So, could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?"  

Catholics "watch and wait", they remain silent in Jesus' Presence and open themselves up to His graces which flow from the Eucharist.

 

Liturgy

This is a form of worship or ritual which commemorates and celebrates a particularly important event or time of the year in the calendar of the Church.

 

Mass

This is the common name for the celebration of the Last Supper of Jesus or Eucharist.  The word comes from the latin word meaning dismissal or mission.  Those who attend Mass are given the 'Mission' to take the Word of God to all people and Christ, who they have received in Holy Communion, to all people.

 

Reconciliation

This is commonly known as 'confession' in the Catholic Church.  The penitent confesses their sins, makes a firm commitment to change their life and through the priest, receives the grace and forgiveness of God.

 

Stations of the Cross

These are images of the events of Jesus' final journey from his condemnation to death by Pontius Pilate to his resurrection.