Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Celebration of the Christian Mystery 279 1072 “The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church”: 10 it must be preceded by evangelization, faith, and conversion. It can then produce its fruits in the lives of the faithful: new life in the Spirit, involvement in the mission of the Church, and service to her unity. Prayer and liturgy 1073 The liturgy is also a participation in Christ’s own prayer addressed to the Father in the Holy Spirit. In the liturgy, all Chris- tian prayer finds its source and goal. Through the liturgy the inner man is rooted and grounded in “the great love with which [the Father] loved us” in his beloved Son. 11 It is the same “marvelous work of God” that is lived and internalized by all prayer, “at all times in the Spirit.” 12 Catechesis and liturgy 1074 “The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.” 13 It is therefore the privileged place for catechizing the People of God. “Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of liturgical and sacramental activity, for it is in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, that Christ Jesus works in fullness for the transformation of men.” 14 1075 Liturgical catechesis aims to initiate people into the mys- tery of Christ (It is “mystagogy.”) by proceeding from the visible to the invisible, from the sign to the thing signified, from the “sacraments” to the “mysteries.” Such catechesis is to be presented by local and regional catechisms. This Catechism, which aims to serve the whole Church in all the diversity of her rites and cul- tures, 15 will present what is fundamental and common to the whole Church in the liturgy as mystery and as celebration ( Section One ), and then the seven sacraments and the sacramentals ( Section Two ). 10 SC 9. 11 Eph 2:4; 3:16-17. 12 Eph 6:18. 13 SC 10. 14 John Paul II, CT 23. 15 Cf. SC 3-4. 2558 426 774