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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    mystery of men s union with God 772 It is in the Church that Christ fulfills and reveals his own mystery as the purpose of God s plan to unite all things in him 189 St Paul calls the nuptial union of Christ and the Church a great mystery Because she is united to Christ as to her bridegroom she becomes a mystery in her turn 190 Contemplating this mystery in her Paul exclaims Christ in you the hope of glory 191 773 In the Church this communion of men with God in the love that never ends is the purpose which governs everything in her that is a sacramental means tied to this passing world 192 The Church s structure is totally ordered to the holiness of Christ s members And holiness is measured according to the great mystery in which the Bride responds with the gift of love to the gift of the Bridegroom 193 Mary goes before us all in the holiness that is the Church s mystery as the bride without spot or wrinkle 194 This is why the Marian dimension of the Church precedes the Petrine 195 The universal Sacrament of Salvation 774 The Greek word mysterion was translated into Latin by two terms mystenum and sacramentum In later usage the term sacramentum emphasizes the visible sign of the hidden reality of salvation which was indicated by the term mysterium In this sense Christ himself is the mystery of salvation For there is no other mystery of God except Christ 196 The saving work of his holy and sanctifying humanity is the sacrament of salvation which is revealed and active in the Church s sacraments which the Eastern Churches also call the holy mysteries The seven sacraments are the signs and instruments by which the Holy Spirit spreads the grace of Christ the head throughout the Church which is his Body The Church then both contains and communicates the invisible grace she signifies It is in this analogical sense that the Church is called a sacrament 775 The Church in Christ is like a sacrament a sign and instrument that is of communion with God and of unity among all men 197 The Church s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God Because men s communion with one another is rooted in that union with God the Church is also the sacrament of the unity of the human race In her this unity is already begun since she gathers men from every nation from all tribes and peoples and tongues 198 at the same time the Church is the sign and instrument of the full realization of the unity yet to come 776 As sacrament the Church is Christ s instrument She is taken up by him also as the instrument for the salvation of all the universal sacrament of salvation by which Christ is at once manifesting and actualizing the mystery of God s love for

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    the Catholic Church The Church both visible and spiritual 771 The one mediator Christ established and ever sustains here on earth his holy Church the community of faith hope and charity as a visible organization through which he communicates truth and grace to all men 184 The Church is at the same time a society structured with hierarchical organs and the mystical body of Christ the visible society and the spiritual community the earthly Church and the Church endowed with heavenly riches 185 These dimensions together constitute one complex reality which comes together from a human and a divine element 186 The Church is essentially both human and divine visible but endowed with invisible realities zealous in action and dedicated to contemplation present in the world but as a pilgrim so constituted that in her the human is directed toward and subordinated to the divine the visible to the invisible action to contemplation and this present world to that city yet to come the object of our quest 187 O humility O sublimity Both tabernacle of cedar and sanctuary of God earthly dwelling and celestial palace house of clay and royal hall body of death and temple of light and

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    eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church The Church mystery of men s union with God 772 It is in the Church that Christ fulfills and reveals his own mystery as the purpose of God s plan to unite all things in him 189 St Paul calls the nuptial union of Christ and the Church a great mystery Because she is united to Christ as to her bridegroom she becomes a mystery in her turn 190 Contemplating this mystery in her Paul exclaims Christ in you the hope of glory 191 773 In the Church this communion of men with God in the love that never ends is the purpose which governs everything in her that is a sacramental means tied to this passing world 192 The Church s structure is totally ordered to the holiness of Christ s members And holiness is measured according to the great mystery in which the Bride responds with the gift of love to the gift of the Bridegroom 193 Mary goes before us all in the holiness that is the Church s mystery as the bride without spot or wrinkle 194 This is why the Marian dimension of the Church precedes the Petrine 195

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    of Christ the head throughout the Church which is his Body The Church then both contains and communicates the invisible grace she signifies It is in this analogical sense that the Church is called a sacrament 775 The Church in Christ is like a sacrament a sign and instrument that is of communion with God and of unity among all men 197 The Church s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God Because men s communion with one another is rooted in that union with God the Church is also the sacrament of the unity of the human race In her this unity is already begun since she gathers men from every nation from all tribes and peoples and tongues 198 at the same time the Church is the sign and instrument of the full realization of the unity yet to come 776 As sacrament the Church is Christ s instrument She is taken up by him also as the instrument for the salvation of all the universal sacrament of salvation by which Christ is at once manifesting and actualizing the mystery of God s love for men 199 The Church is the visible plan of God s love for humanity because God desires that the whole human race may become one People of God form one Body of Christ and be built up into one temple of the Holy Spirit 200 IN BRIEF 777 The word Church means convocation It designates the assembly of those whom God s Word convokes i e gathers together to form the People of God and who themselves nourished with the Body of Christ become the Body of Christ 778 The Church is both the means and the goal of God s plan prefigured in creation

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    respond to God s word and become members of Christ s Body become intimately united with him In that body the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe and who through the sacraments are united in a hidden and real way to Christ in his Passion and glorification 220 This is especially true of Baptism which unites us to Christ s death and Resurrection and the Eucharist by which really sharing in the body of the Lord we are taken up into communion with him and with one another 221 791 The body s unity does not do away with the diversity of its members In the building up of Christ s Body there is engaged a diversity of members and functions There is only one Spirit who according to his own richness and the needs of the ministries gives his different gifts for the welfare of the Church 222 The unity of the Mystical Body produces and stimulates charity among the faithful From this it follows that if one member suffers anything all the members suffer with him and if one member is honored all the members together rejoice 223 Finally the unity of the Mystical Body triumphs over all human divisions For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ There is neither Jew nor Greek there is neither slave nor free there is neither male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus 224 Christ is the Head of this Body 792 Christ is the head of the body the Church 225 He is the principle of creation and redemption Raised to the Father s glory in everything he is preeminent 226 especially in the Church through whom he extends his reign over all things 793 Christ unites us with his Passover all his members must strive to resemble him until Christ be formed in them 227 For this reason we are taken up into the mysteries of his life associated with his sufferings as the body with its head suffering with him that with him we may be glorified 228 794 Christ provides for our growth to make us grow toward him our head 229 he provides in his Body the Church the gifts and assistance by which we help one another along the way of salvation 795 Christ and his Church thus together make up the whole Christ Christus totus The Church is one with Christ The saints are acutely aware of this unity Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians but Christ himself Do you understand and grasp brethren God s grace toward us Marvel and rejoice we have become Christ For if he is the head we are the members he and we together are the whole man The fullness of Christ then is the head and the members But what does head and members mean Christ and the Church 230 Our redeemer has shown himself to

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    groups found in history It is the People of God God is not the property of any one people But he acquired a people for himself from those who previously were not a people a chosen race a royal priesthood a holy nation 202 One becomes a member of this people not by a physical birth but by being born anew a birth of water and the Spirit 203 that is by faith in Christ and Baptism This People has for its Head Jesus the Christ the anointed the Messiah Because the same anointing the Holy Spirit flows from the head into the body this is the messianic people The status of this people is that of the dignity and freedom of the sons of God in whose hearts the Holy Spirit dwells as in a temple Its law is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us 204 This is the new law of the Holy Spirit 205 Its mission is to be salt of the earth and light of the world 206 This people is a most sure seed of unity hope and salvation for the whole human race Its destiny finally is the Kingdom of God which has been begun by God himself on earth and which must be further extended until it has been brought to perfection by him at the end of time 207 A priestly prophetic and royal people 783 Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest prophet and king The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them 208 784 On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism one receives a share in this people s unique priestly vocation Christ the Lord high priest taken from among men has made this new people a kingdom of priests to God his Father The baptized by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit are consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood 209 785 The holy People of God shares also in Christ s prophetic office above all in the supernatural sense of faith that belongs to the whole People lay and clergy when it unfailingly adheres to this faith once for all delivered to the saints 210 and when it deepens its understanding and becomes Christ s witness in the midst of this world 786 Finally the People of God shares in the royal office of Christ He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself through his death and Resurrection 211 Christ King and Lord of the universe made himself the servant of all for he came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many 212 For the Christian to reign is to serve him particularly when serving the poor and the suffering in whom the Church recognizes the image of her

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    all other religious ethnic political or cultural groups found in history It is the People of God God is not the property of any one people But he acquired a people for himself from those who previously were not a people a chosen race a royal priesthood a holy nation 202 One becomes a member of this people not by a physical birth but by being born anew a birth of water and the Spirit 203 that is by faith in Christ and Baptism This People has for its Head Jesus the Christ the anointed the Messiah Because the same anointing the Holy Spirit flows from the head into the body this is the messianic people The status of this people is that of the dignity and freedom of the sons of God in whose hearts the Holy Spirit dwells as in a temple Its law is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us 204 This is the new law of the Holy Spirit 205 Its mission is to be salt of the earth and light of the world 206 This people is a most sure seed of unity hope and salvation for the whole human race Its

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    these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them 208 784 On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism one receives a share in this people s unique priestly vocation Christ the Lord high priest taken from among men has made this new people a kingdom of priests to God his Father The baptized by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit are consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood 209 785 The holy People of God shares also in Christ s prophetic office above all in the supernatural sense of faith that belongs to the whole People lay and clergy when it unfailingly adheres to this faith once for all delivered to the saints 210 and when it deepens its understanding and becomes Christ s witness in the midst of this world 786 Finally the People of God shares in the royal office of Christ He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself through his death and Resurrection 211 Christ King and Lord of the universe made himself the servant of all for he came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many 212 For the Christian to reign is to serve him particularly when serving the poor and the suffering in whom the Church recognizes the image of her poor and suffering founder 213 The People of God fulfills its royal dignity by a life in keeping with its vocation to serve with Christ The sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them as priests so that apart from the particular service of our ministry all spiritual and rational Christians

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