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The Liturgical Life of Ancient Israel – Video

A video by Dr. Italy that explains how the roots of the Church's liturgical year and cycle of feasts are to be found in the celebrations of ancient Israel as shown in the Old Testament Scriptures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHARYgQ1P0k To understand the liturgical cycle of the Catholic Church today,...

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Liturgy and Tradition – Video

Video explaining the fascinating relationship between liturgy and Tradition, by Dr. Italy. The liturgy of the Catholic Church arises from Scripture and is itself full of scripture readings and scriptural prayers.  But it also arises from Tradition, the lived faith-experience of the Church which comes down...

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Liturgy and the Real Presence of Christ – Video

Many are aware that Catholics believe in "the real presence."  In this video, Dr. Italy explains the various ways that Jesus Christ is truly and really present in the Church's liturgy, culminating in the Eucharist. The "real presence" is a phrase that began to be used...

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Why we Need Ritual – video

In this video, Dr. Italy explains that ritual and liturgy are required by the very nature of human beings for whom symbols and gestures are indispensable forms of communication. Many Christian believers since the 16th century Protestant Reformation have rejected rituals altogether as religion of the...

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Liturgy, Theology and Spirituality – Video

Dr. Italy begins his course on Liturgy and Sacraments by pointing out the inseparable unity between Liturgy, Theology and Spirituality.  Video 1 in Theology 552, Liturgy & Sacraments for the Catholic Distance University. In this first video of his course on Liturgy and Sacraments, Marcellino D'Ambrosio,...

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Divine Revelation – How & Why? Video

Video in which Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. discusses the how and why of Divine Revelation - God's purpose for revealing himself and the way he goes about it. God enters into human history and reveals himself for a purpose - and it not exclusively or even primarily...

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Clement of Rome – Apostolic Succession & Unity

In this 4th video #4, Dr. Italy explains what the First Letter of Clement of Rome reveals about Christian life and thought in the last years of the first century, especially regarding church order, apostolic succession, and Christian unity....

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The Contribution of Justin Martyr – Video

In this 35 minute video, Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. (Dr. Italy) explains the importance of Justin Martyr, a second century philosopher turned apologist, on the development of Christian Thought. The first pagan intellectual to embrace the Christian faith and use some of the conceptual background of philosophy...

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Avery Dulles: Witness and Teacher

A tribute to Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., from Marcellino D'Ambrosio, one of his doctoral students.  The author notes Dulles' commitment to holiness and discipleship first as the necessary anchor for his work as a theologian.  Dulles was first of all a witness and only secondarily...