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

    Calvin was a string-willed man and determined and dynamic man, he planned his way through, like the Ecclesiastical Ordinances was a manual to set up the Church. Calvin had a lot of respect and citizens were prepared to listen to their preachers therefore the Calvinist Church was maintained.

  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.

    There have been many occasions in which the Catholic Church has been known to openly condemn homosexuals for partaking in sexual acts for example in 1991 a book published by Kate Saunders and Peter Stamford claimed that Catholic cardinals held open views upon homosexuality that had the ability to create more intolerance.

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

    Liberals bring the argument of the teaching of man being made in the likeliness of God, therefore if God had made homosexuals with their orientation it must be a 'good' because he had made them like that. R.a Robinson notes that the liberals in Methodist church consider the homosexual orientation and same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue.

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

    It should not be thought that the Reformation was purely to counteract the Protestant threat. Evidence of resurgence in spiritual was apparent well before 1517, such as humanism, mysticism and personal piety. It is true that during the sixteenth century the Catholic Church focused on responding to the Protestant challenge.

  2. The Roman Catholic Church that was visited was built in 1932 and was of ...

    On top of the altar at the front there was the monstrance which was a just over a foot high gold finished very ornate cross. In the centre of it where the lines of the crucifix converge it bore the letters "IHS".

  1. A Roman Catholic Church

    It is not so apparent when you first look at this particular place of worship but the blue carpet running through the church is in the shape of a cross. Cruciform is a common description of Christian churches which are usually, though not exclusively, built with a layout comprising: *

  2. Christianity - history and beginings

    This ability enabled them to spread Jesus' teachings to all lands. Christians date the beginning of the church to this event, which they celebrate as Pentecost. The first Christians were Jews. Soon, many gentiles (non-Jews) converted to the new faith.

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