In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the Communion of the Saints. We will come to an appreciation of the vast body of Christ, and the role each part plays in the life of the Church.
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Adoration of the Holy Trinity
by Albrect Dürer (1511)
When we talk about the Communion of Saints we are talking about all of the members of the Church. The members of the Catholic Church are not limited to just the people who are in the pews next to us. The Church is composed of three distinct groups of people.
Each component of the Body of Christ has a specific name. These names help us identify how each of us participates in the life of the Church.
You are the Church Militant. All of the living members of the Church are part of the Church Militant. We work for Jesus in the world. We talk to others. We take care of our neighbors by good works. We pray for all people.
We also pray to people that died. Some are in Heaven. Some are in Purgatory. When we pray to them, and for them, we stay close to them.
This is all of the souls in Heaven. We also call them saints. Saints worship God and pray unceasingly. They pray for us and they pray for the souls in Purgatory. Every soul in Heaven is a saint, but some saints are better known. These named saints are often given special patronage of a place or condition; we are encouraged to pray to the patron saint of a specific need we have in our life.
A special form of prayer that the Church encourages us to bestow on the Church Triumphant is the veneration of relics. Relics are holy items that have an intimate connection to Christ or a saint. A piece of the True Cross is considered a relic. The bones, hair, clothes, and personal items of the saints are considered relics. When we venerate an authentic relic, we honor the saint who lived courageously in conformity with God’s Will. By extension we are giving God due worship by recognizing His work in the lives of the holy men and women. The Church has a long tradition of placing relics inside of an altar stone that is fixed to the altar in the sanctuary.
Angels are also a part of the Communion of Saints. They are different than saints, but they are God’s creation. This makes them a part of God, and part of His glory in Heaven. Angels pray to God for us, too.
This is Purgatory. Purgatory is a place of purification for those who die with the stain of sin still on their soul but are not beyond the reach of salvation. God’s justice demands that no sin touch Heaven, so for those that are not completely pure, the process of cleansing is necessary.
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