Catechism of the Catholic Church

280 Part Two S ection O ne T he S acramental E conomy 1076 The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. 1 The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the “dispensation of the mystery”— the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, “until he comes.” 2 In this age of the Church Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a new way appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in what the common Tradition of the East and the West calls “the sacramental economy”; this is the communication (or “dispensa- tion”) of the fruits of Christ’s Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church’s “sacramental” liturgy. It is therefore important first to explain this “sacramental dispensation” ( chapter one ). The nature and essential features of liturgical celebration will then appear more clearly ( chapter two ). C hapter O ne T he P aschal M ystery in the A ge of the C hurch A rticle 1 THE LITURGY—WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY I. T he F ather —S ource and G oal of the L iturgy 1077 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us before him in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” 3 1078 Blessing is a divine and life-giving action, the source of which is the Father; his blessing is both word and gift. 4 When 1 Cf. SC 6; LG 2. 2 1 Cor 11:26. 3 Eph 1:3-6. 4 eu-logia, bene-dictio. 739 492 2626