What is a Sacrament?

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What is a Sacrament? by Mind Map: What is a Sacrament?

1. Sacraments

1.1. Acted parable: blending of symbolic narrative and ritual gesture

1.1.1. Parables: conversations from Jesus to help lead men to have judgement to make right decsisions Use of analogy to see truth Revelation: new understanding made by listener. Relationship between one who speaks and one who hears. words and deeds make up sacramental parable

1.1.2. Creation: is the act of word, symbol and action to disclose real God at work.

1.2. Evoke everyday experience

1.2.1. My personal experience: taking note of the grand beauty in our environment everyday. This world is bigger than us and requires a creator.

1.3. Connects our understanding of real objects and feelings to a deeper understanding

1.4. Christian Sacraments have relationship with elements outside of liturgy.

1.4.1. Water: Needed for survival 90% of human body consists of water. Need water for drinking. Need water for hygiene Need water for relaxation. Water has the power to kill us. Can be agent of destruction. Destruction of water in floods in the bible. Meaning in the bible Water is used for Sacrament of Baptism.

1.4.2. Fire: Humans use fire for cooking, production, protection and warmth. Campfires provide warmth and light. Has power to destroy and kill. http://int.search.myway.com/search/video.jhtml?n=&p2=&pg=video&pn=1&ptb=&qs=&searchfor=bushfire+video&si=&ss=sub&st=tab&tpr=sbt&trs=wtt Bible meaning: destroys, inspires, guides and enlightens. Exodus 13:21 New International Version (NIV) 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Easter fire: lighting of Paschal Candle.

1.4.3. Oil Used in cooking, healing and cleansing. Personally I use oil on my body for massage oil to help cure pain. Shine to hair Perfume: Essence oils. Need oil for cars and lighting lamps. Today's relationship with oil more distant than historical times. Olive tree is resilient and long lasting. Olive trees in garden of Olives where Jesus prayed night before his death. also detrimental to health and it can cause harm through burning. Biblical meaning Symbol of God's presence in time of need. Used to heal and sooth. Used for 4 of 7 Sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, holy orders (ordination) and anointing of sick.

1.4.4. Bread and Water Everyday human need for food and water. Bread is a stable of meals Meal times used as time to come together meals can be used for celebrations. biblical meaning Sign of hospitality. Used as a ritual. Spiritual food. Used in sacrament of communion. Shows divinity through miracles.

1.5. Primordial Sacrament: First Sacrament of God is Jesus.

1.5.1. Jesus baptized as the one filled with the holy spirit.

1.5.2. Recognize both sides of Jesus. He is both human and divine. Real human experiences. Express human presence of god. Revelation in dying and rising Son of God and Mary His presence was brief word of spirit present through incidents of Jesus actions. Healing and reconciliation God's love present on Earth through Jesus' humanity, presence, actions, words and gestures. Servant leader who calls disciples to follow. Gospel of Jesus shaped the culture and society - word and spirit of god. People don't immediately recognise Christ as divine.

2. Sacramental Principle:

2.1. Stewardship of creation

2.1.1. Reflects God's presence learn something of god by looking at his creation. reflect spiritually from personal experience

2.1.2. Transcendence of grace: wonder of something much bigger. Earth: God's Creation Poem by Susan T. Aparejo - Poem Hunter

2.1.3. distinction between God and creation

2.2. Encounter god in a sacramental world

2.2.1. Concept of sin and grace Grace is relationship acceptance of god. Need to be open to receive grace Sin: turning back on relationship with god.

2.2.2. God acts through sacraments encounter presence of Christ through other things mediation or bridge between one reality and another Sentimentality: Christian world view Sacrament expressed through human senses.

2.2.3. More than 7 Sacraments any means to tap into relationship with god. Through looking at a newborn baby. Reminder of grace. Can be both communal or personal moments of transcendence. presence of god can be felt anywhere.

2.2.4. Usually can't feel God directly, too all-mighty. God outside of our human experience. humans are bodily creatures and use sacraments to respond.

3. Signs

3.1. Provide information

3.1.1. Brief but total facts

3.2. Accumulate facts

3.3. Accurate data represented

3.4. Stand for specific object, event or person

3.5. Functional

3.6. Culturally relevant

3.6.1. immediately recognisable

3.7. Passive

3.7.1. little emotional connection

3.7.2. little intellectual investment

4. Signals

4.1. Supply information

4.2. Provoke physical or emotional response

4.2.1. Red traffic light says stop danger

4.2.2. Unlike signals they provoke stimulus

4.2.3. can be power charged appeal to personal memories Swastika - Wikipedia

4.3. familiar

4.3.1. principle of association

5. Symbols

5.1. Not objects or things

5.2. Can be actions to disclose relationships

5.2.1. Participation in catholic sacraments reveal relationship to god. symbolises the last supper of Jesus https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A7-38&version=NIV

5.2.2. Christian symbols at work: Christians preaching gospel. Giving access and disclosure to the relationship and word of God to others

5.3. Messy, ambiguous and out of focus

5.3.1. Supply little information Requires us to fill in the blanks

5.3.2. move from known to the unknown

5.4. Symbol: Definition and Examples | LiteraryTerms.net

5.5. Beckons us to confront unknown

5.5.1. invite our direct involvement Require our participation Eucharistic symbol - Eating the bread and drinking the wine. Not just a visual reminder of an event. influenced by our intertions

5.5.2. Through using lived experience

5.6. Flexible and open ended

5.6.1. Symbols surround us.