• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Roman Catholic Tradition

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Places of Worship section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Places of Worship essays

  1. Holy Communion.

    Advent Lasts four weeks and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the time of "comings", celebrating the coming of: * John the Baptist (told in Luke's Gospel) * The coming of the Messiah * The Second Coming of Jesus back to the earth The readings during Advent show: 1.

  2. To Kill A Mocking Bird - selected essays related to Chapter 12

    This shows that the black communities ingenuity and resourcefulness. In the chapter, the church minister collects money from the church goers, but instead of the money going back into the church like the white churches, it goes to Tom Robinson's Wife. The reverend made sure that they collected ten dollars before allowing the people to leave.

  1. Examine and comment on the attitudes of Roman Catholic and Anglican churches to Homosexuality.

    For example, the views that sex outside of marriage, adultery and homosexual relationships are all sinful acts come from specific New and Old Testament statements. Along with supporting evidence taken from the theory of Natural Law created by Aquinas

  2. A Roman Catholic Church

    In western Europe, a series of shrines erected to help the faithful remember Christ's passion became commonplace. They were erected outside Churches and monasteries and in other places as well. For many years there was a considerable variety in the number and title of these "stations".

  1. Describe the disadvantages that black Americans faced in the early ...

    They also brought wealth. Calvin's character is a factor, which is due to his success in Geneva. His most important work involved the organization of church governance and the social organization of the church and the city. He was, in fact, the first major political thinker to model social organization entirely on biblical principles.

  2. A study of the attitudes of the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Anglican churches to ...

    For many gay men and women, the legal attitude and social shame attached to 'homosexuality reflects the fundamental cultural unfairness against homosexuality found in Judeo-Christian tradition. The three main churches of Christianity Roman Catholic, Anglican and Methodist will be outlined.

  1. Christianity - history and beginings

    No central authority regulated their activities. But by A.D. 100, churches began to distinguish between religious leaders, called clergy, and the general membership. The most important leader in every large church was a bishop who supervised other clergy. Christians relied on bishops to interpret Christian teachings and ensure correct belief.

  2. In what ways did the Roman Catholic Church confront the threat of Protestantism?

    The teachings of 'scriptura sola' (scripture alone) was rejected and the Catholics claimed that other sources had communicated God's message. 'This truth and way of living are contained in written books and unwritten traditions, which were received by the Apostles from the mouth of Christ himself'.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work