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Department
Religion
Course
RELI 1710
Professor
Zeba Crook
Semester
Fall

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Christian Holy Days and Praxis 11/12/2013 Weekly Worship Usually on a Sunday Distinguishing from Jewish ancestors “Church” as gathering Building:  church, parish, chapel, (usual smaller buildings) cathedral (bishop sits in it),  basilica (special characteristic—source of pilgrimage) Architecture and demonstration of Christian theology Building closest to god (height)  Practices and Rituals Eucharist Catholic Transubstantiation (mystical, magical) vs. Protestant Consubstantiation  (memorial meal) Body and blood of Christ The Host/wafer  Commemoration of the Last Supper Once/week—once/year  …at Church Liturgy • prayers • hymns  • readings from scripture • sermon Liturgy of the Word, of the Eucharist Sacraments For Catholics: Eucharist and Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Ordination of clergy, Last Rites,  and Marriage Continued November 19   th Christmas and Easter are the two mountain points of Christianity…  Lent and Easter Lent: 6 week period preceding Easter Prepare for Good Friday (the horrible event) and celebrate Easter Period of self­denial, fasting Giving up physical pleasures, and do more things (like prayer)  Ash Wednesday: first day of Lent (February 23, 2013) Form of repentance, grief before god  Tradition: before Ash Wednesday, there’s the collective social and cultural blow­out Rules making up moral catholic society get thrown out the window for one day Mardi Gras! Good Friday Day of Jesus’ death (March 29, 2013) Depictions of Jesus are covered Easter Sunday: March 31, 2013 Focus on the passion vs. the resurrection (Catholic vs. Protest
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