Thursday, September 8, 2016
Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 190 - Part I.
(Youcat answer) A Christian house of prayer is both a sign of the ecclesial communion of people at a specificplace and also a symbol of the heavenly dwellings that God has prepared for us all. In God’shouse we gather together to pray in common or alone and to celebrate the sacraments, especially the eucharist.
A deepening through CCC
(CCC 1182) The altar of the New Covenant is the Lord's Cross (Cf. Heb 13:10), from which the sacraments of the Paschal mystery flow. On the altar, which is the center of the church, the sacrifice of the Cross is made present under sacramental signs. The altar is also the table of the Lord, to which the People of God are invited (Cf. GIRM 259). In certain Eastern liturgies, the altar is also the symbol of the tomb (Christ truly died and is truly risen).
Reflecting and meditating
(Youcat comment) “It smells like heaven here.” “Here you can be very quiet and reverent.” Many churches surround usperceptibly in a thick atmosphere of prayer. We sense that God is present here. The beauty of churchbuildings directs our attention to the beauty, greatness, and love of God. Churches are not just stonemessengers of the faith, but dwelling places of God, who is really and truly and substantially presentin the sacrament of the altar.
(CCC 1183) The tabernacle is to be situated "in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor" (Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei: AAS (1965) 771). The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar (Cf. SC 128). The sacred chrism (myron), used in anointings as the sacramental sign of the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit, is traditionally reserved and venerated in a secure place in the sanctuary. The oil of catechumens and the oil of the sick may also be placed there.