Roman Catholic Faith
Catholic websites of interest:
The Vatican - www.vatican.va
Diocese of Metuchen - www.diometuchen.org
Saints Philip & James School - www.sspjcatholicschool.com
EWTN productions - www.ewtn.com/vondemand/audio/intro.asp
Articles of interest:
What do Catholics Believe about Purgatory and Praying for the Dead
Our Faith Q & A:
Q - So, what is the Paschal or Easter Candle?
A - A large candle that is symbolic of the risen Christ. It is blessed and first lighted during the Easter Vigil Mass and placed at the altar until Pentecost. It is decorated with five large grains of incense inserted in the form of a cross each of which representing a wound of Christ. Also, the Greek letters Alpha and Omega are contained at the top and bottom of the cross on the candle symbolizing Christ the beginning and end of all things. Lastly, the figures of the current year of salvation are contained in the quadrants formed by the cross.
Q - What is "The Stations of the Cross?"
A - When we refer to the Stations of the Cross, we are referring to a devotion that consists of 14 prayers said before the 14 stations of the cross which are located around the perimeter of our church. Each stations represents a different phase of Jesus' suffering and crucifiction.
Q - Is there significance to the color of the celebrant's sash and alter cloth?
A - Yes, violet is used during both advent and lent. It is used to symbolize expectaion, purification or penance. White and gold are used during the Paschal Triduum, Easter and Christmas as well as Holy days and Feast days throughout the church year. White and gold represent both joy and triumph. Red is used for special Feast and Holy days and represent royalty, fire and martyrdom. Green, which we see most often, is used during ordinary time and stands as a sign of life and growth.
Q - Why is the church decorated with stained glass and artwork?
A - As the church was forming, books were in short supply and stories were passed on by word of mouth and in the form of art. So, as you look around our church, you can hear the stories through the art that is displayed.
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