The events of the Paschal mystery

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  • The events of the Paschal Mystery
    • The Paschal Mystery is the term the Church uses to refer to the death and resurrection of Jesus and their effects on salvation.
    • The Last Supper
      • The night before he was crucified, Jesus enjoyed a meal with his disciples in Jerusalem when he shared bread and wine with them, saying the bread was his body and the wine his blood, so establishing the Eucharist.
    • Garden of Gethsemane
      • After supper, Jesus left the disciples while he went to pray and asked God, 'take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done'. When he went back, the disciples were asleep. As they woke, one of them, Judas Iscariot, arrived with the chief priests to arrest Jesus. The disciples wanted to fight, but Jesus wouldn't let them.
    • Importance of these events
      • The Last Supper is the basis of the Mass, the most important form of Christian worship.
      • Christians believe the crucifixion brought forgiveness from sin.
      • The Catholic Church teaches that the Paschal mystery guarantees humanity's salvation from sin because:
        • Jesus freely offered himself for our salvation.
        • This offering was symbolised by Jesus breaking the bread and saying, 'This is my body given for you'.
    • Sources of wisdom and authority
      • The Catechism teaches that the resurrection gives definite proof of Jesus' divine authority.
      • The Catechism teaches that the Paschal mystery is that by his death Christ liberates us from sin; by his resurrection, he opens the way to a new life.
      • Luke's Gospel chapter 23 says that when he was on the cross, Jesus asked God to forgive those crucifying him.

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