In this 8th grade lesson we study the Precepts of the Church. The foundation for an authentic Catholic faith-life, the precepts guide the faithful toward their basic duties as members of the body of Christ.
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Miracle of the Relic of the Holy Cross in Campo San Lio
by Giovanni Mansueti (1494)
God's chosen people worshipped and practiced their faith in a specific way. After Jesus, those who believed that He was the promised Messiah changed their way of worshipping and practicing to reflect Jesus' teachings. Even their name changed: they were called Christians. To help the new Christians keep God's Commandments, the Church made precepts, or rules, for the faithful to follow. The precepts teach us how the Church helps us keep God's Commandments.
1. ATTEND MASS ON SUNDAYS AND HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
To help the new Christians keep God’s Commandments, the Church made Sundays and certain Holy Days of Obligation holy. Keeping these days holy is how Catholics honor the Third Commandment. We keep them holy by going to Mass on those days, doing works of charity on them, and not working or doing any manual labor.
2. CONFESS YOUR SINS AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR
To receive the Holy Eucharist, we must be in a state of grace. Our souls must be free from mortal sin. To keep our souls free from mortal sin, the Church says we must go to Confession at least once every year.
It’s good to go many times during the year. The more we go to Confession, the easier it is to keep ourselves holy.
3. RECEIVE THE HOLY EUCHARIST DURING THE EASTER SEASON
Without Jesus there is no Mass. This makes receiving the Holy Eucharist the most important part of the Liturgy. The Church tells us we should receive the Holy Eucharist at least once every year, during the Easter season.
Why the Easter season? Because this is the time when we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death. The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is a mini-celebration of the Easter season. If we can only receive once a year, it is best to do it in the season that the Sacrament honors.
Because Jesus is the center of our faith, the Church wants us to receive the Holy Eucharist many times during the year. If we are in a state of grace, it is good to receive every Sunday at Mass.
4. FAST AND ABSTAIN ON THE APPOINTED DAYS
When we fast and abstain on certain days, we understand Jesus’ great sacrifice a little bit better.
A fast is a day where we eat less food than we would on a normal day. This means one normal meal and two small snacks. It is very important that the two snacks together do not equal a normal sized meal for you. The snacks are optional too. If you can go without them, that is even better.Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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