What does it truly mean to enter the church as a disciple of Jesus Christ?
This course gives you a fascinating understanding of initiation into the Catholic Church. Rev. Michael Witczak, an expert in liturgical history and the sacraments, will lead you through the scriptural origins, historical context, and practice of initiation rites. Designed for anyone involved with Catholic adult initiation or infant baptism, it is a perfect resource for pastors, parishes, initiates, family members, and sponsors.
As you gain a fuller understanding of the sacraments and liturgy, you will be inspired by the powerful presence of Christ in the Church. First, you will explore the scriptural origins of the ritual for bringing someone into the church. Secondly, you will look at the early church, seeing how three sacraments emerged from the original ritual unity: baptism, confirmation, and first Eucharist. Finally, you will carefully examine the ways we currently celebrate these sacraments, deepening your understanding of the church's practices. As you move through this course, you will plumb the depths of the personal journey to Christ in the church. What does it mean to encounter the living Lord? How does one participate in God's gift of life?
You will discover the answers to these questions and many more. Through these lectures, you will gain deep insights into the church and its sacred rituals.
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