Catechism of the Catholic Church
Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
Section One: The Sacramental Economy
1076 The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new
era in the "dispensation of the mystery" the age of the Church, during
which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of
salvation through the liturgy of his Church, "until he comes." In this
age of the Church Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a
new way appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in
what the common Tradition of the East and the West calls "the sacramental
economy"; this is the communication (or "dispensation") of the fruits of
Christ's Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church's "sacramental"
It is therefore important first to explain this "sacramental dispensation"
(chapter one). The nature and essential features of liturgical celebration
will then appear more clearly (chapter two).
Chapter One: The Paschal Mystery in the Age of the Church
- Article One: The Liturgy - Work of the Holy Trinity
- The Father - Source and Goal of the Liturgy
- Christ's Work in the Liturgy
- The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Liturgy
- Article Two: The Paschal Mystery in the Church's Sacraments
- The Sacraments of Christ
- The Sacraments of the Church
- The Sacraments of Faith
- The Sacraments of Salvation
- The Sacraments of Eternal Life
Chapter Two: The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery
- Article One: Celebration the Church's Liturgy
- Who Celebrates?
- How is the Liturgy Celebrated?
- When is the Liturgy Celebrated?
- Where is the Liturgy Celebrated?
- Article Two: Liturgical Diversity and the Unity of the Mystery