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Catholic Gateway Course Ss. Mary & Joseph Church – Thursday, November 5, 2009 – Week 4
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Sacred Scripture “Bible” = collection of books. 73 books in Catholic bible “Canon” New Testament = 27 books Old Testament = 46 books (7 of which are considered “deutero-canonical” by some Christians) Council of Jamnia (Jewish) in about 90 AD closed revelation at Esther, eliminating 7 books of Septuagint. Council of Rome 382 AD set canon of Scripture, confirmed by Councils of Hippo, Carthage, Florence, Trent Composed in many different styles and genres by many different human authors
Bible History Compiled MediatorAdamNoahAbrahamMosesDavidJesus RoleHusbandFatherChieftainJudgeKingHigh Priest FormMarriageFamilyTribeNationKingdomChurch SignSabbathRainbowCircumcisio n PassoverThroneEucharist
Sacred Scripture What is Revelation and what role does Sacred Scripture play in Tradition? How do Catholics interpret Sacred Scripture and what is the role of the Church? How do Catholics pray with Sacred Scripture?
Jesus Meets His Disciples “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” - Luke 24: 32 Scriptures illuminate the sacraments which reveal Christ.
Four Senses of Scripture Catholics read scripture, attempting to discern and appreciate its fullest meaning Literal Meaning Three Spiritual Meanings: Allegorical/Symbolic Sense (“sustained metaphor”) Tropological/Moral Sense Anagogical Sense (death, judgment, heaven, hell) The best preaching, study, interpretation takes all of these into account, when able. St. John Cassian
Praying with Scripture Personal Prayer Reading, study Preaching, catechesis Lectio Divina Liturgical Prayer Mass Sacraments Liturgy of the Hours
Liturgical Prayer Liturgy = Public Prayer of the Church “Leos” = the People; “Ergon” = Work Sacred Scripture is to illuminate sacramental celebrations and reveal the presence of Christ No true liturgy is without proclamation of Scripture Lectionary = Liturgical Bible; statisticsstatistics
Lectio Divina Four elements (usually over ½ hour to an hour) Lectio (slow, purposeful, observant reading) Meditatio (ruminating, ‘pondering in the heart’) Oratio (dialogue with God, open to transformation) Contempatio (rest in the presence of God’s silence)