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Worship and lifestyle in the Roman Catholic Tradition Emma Kear 11w Section A Four Principal features that can be found inside a Roman Catholic Church are: * An Altar, * A Tabernacle, * A Lectern, * A Font. The Altar is the most important part of a Catholic Church. Here everyday, the priest performs the most important act of catholic worship- the mass! At mass the priest repeats what Jesus Christ did on the night before he died. He blesses the bread and wine and after the readings from the scriptures- this is what the reading desk beside the altar is for- the bread and wine is offered. The Altar is also a table because as well all know the mass ends with a meal. It is located in the sanctuary or the crossing. The vessels for holding the bread, wine, and water used in the Eucharist or communion are then placed upon the Altar. ...read more.


says "This is my body broken for you, this is my blood shed for you" The worshipper then takes the bread and eats it then drinks the wine. Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine actually changes during mass (transubstantiation). The Tabernacle may be free standing perhaps on a ledge behind the altar, or it may be built into the wall behind the altar. There is always a light by or on the Tabernacle that remains lit as a sign that the sacrament is present. Near to the Holy Table stands the lectern, a reading desk designed to carry the Bible. For Christians the Bible is the Word of God. From one standpoint it is just a book, containing two main sections, the Old and the New Testaments, and sixty-six 'books'. But from the standpoint of faith the Bible is Holy Scripture, God's word written, the primary witness to God's character and actions in history; it is a window through which we can gaze on the face of Christ. ...read more.


The Font can be found in Churches of traditions that practice infant baptism. It is often positioned near the main entrance to symbolise the Christian Belief that a person enters the family of the Church through the waters of Baptism. The Font reminds us of the many children who over the centuries have been signed with the sign of the cross and washed in the waters of baptism. The modern font contains a matt black metal representation of the descent of the Holy Spirit 'like a dove'. It descends with incandescent power, recalling the description of Jesus as 'the one who will baptise you with the spirit and with fire'. The Font is normally a basin of water, the Episcopal Church practices baptism by "sprinkling" rather than by "full immersion". Infant baptism is practised by sprinkling water from the font. The parents make promises to bring up the child as a Christian. Also, the godparents make promises. Baptism symbolises entry into Christianity and Christian faith so Roman Catholics regard it as very important. ...read more.

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