Roman Catholic signs

Anoint (sacrament) – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Anoint (sacrament). A Roman Catholic sign for the Anointing of the Sick is one of the sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church. In the Anglican Church it is not believed to be of such significance as a sacrament, since it was not both ordained and initiated by Jesus. Instead, it is regarded as a sacramental rite.

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Apostles – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apostles. A Roman Catholic sign for Apostles. Usually refers to ‘the Twelve’, ie Jesus’ disciples, though the term is sometimes used to include St Paul and Barnabus.

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Now an article of faith of the Roman Catholic church, and echoing a belief dating from about the fifth or sixth century, that Mary, ‘ever virgin’, was taken body and soul into heaven; that is, Mary is believed to be already in heaven, where all Christians will be after the resurrection on judgment day.

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Benediction – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Benediction. A Roman Catholic sign for Benediction. A blessing declared at the end of a service of worship. A specific religious service in the Roman Catholic Church, in which the congregation is blessed after a period spent in adoration of the host (or sacrament at the Eucharist).

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Cardinal – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cardinal. A Roman Catholic sign for Cardinal. A bishop or archbishop selected by the Pope to support him in his work. When required, the group (or ‘college’) of cardinals is responsible for selecting a new Pope.

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Christ (-Jesus) – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Christ (-Christ). A Roman Catholic sign for Christ. The second person of the Trinity; the Son of God.

The name Jesus comes from the Hebrew-Aramaic word Yeshua, which means “Yahweh (the Lord) is salvation.” Christ is actually a title for Jesus, it comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “the Anointed One”. Yeshua was a common alternative form of the name Yehoshua (Joshua).

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Communion of Saints (-The) – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of The Communion of Saints. This is a Roman Catholic sign for The Communion of Saints. Referenced in The Apostle’s Creed – the spiritual union of all Christians, living and dead.

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Confession / Confessional

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Confession / Confessional. Confessing one’s sins, usually to a a member of the clergy, or corporately, during the confession section of liturgy, declaring that one has sinned.

See also: Confess (Admit wrongdoing) and Confess (One’s faith)

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Holy Communion / Eucharist – RCS

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Holy Communion / Eucharist. A Roman Catholic sign for Holy Communion / Eucharist. Roman Catholics believe that, through the words of consecration, the bread (usually a disc shaped wafer made from wheat and water) and wine transform (transubstantiation) into the literal body and blood of Christ during Holy Communion. The Council of Trent (1551 AD) wrote, “a change is brought about of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord, and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood.” Roman Catholics cite The Lord’s Supper (The Last Supper) and the ‘Bread of Life Discourse’ in John 6:51 and John 6:53-57, along with Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; and Luke 22:14-20 as the reasoning for this.

While the bread and wine still look the same, taste the same, and smell the same, Roman Catholics believe the substance (what is is) does change.

Each time a Roman Catholic celebrates Mass, they are reminded of the events of the paschal Triduum; Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.

Roman Catholics must be in a state of grace (they must have confessed any grave or mortal sin) before receiving it. Roman Catholics cite 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 as a warning that receiving the sacrament unworthily that one would “eateth and drinketh damnation” to themselves.

Roman Catholics must not eat or drink (with the exception of water and medicines) for one hour before receiving Holy Communion

If a Roman Catholic is aware that they have committed an unconfessed grave or mortal sin then they must attend the Sacrament of Confession first.

Roman Catholics must receive Holy Communion at least one per year between between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday, it’s known as their Easter Duty. The Roman Catholic Church encourages Roman Catholics to receive Holy Communion as frequently as they can, even daily if possible.

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