journey-header

Sacraments

Saints’ Days – Ordinary Time & the Sanctoral Cycle – Video

In addition to the great seasons of Advent and Lent, Christmas and Easter, there is in the current Roman Calendar "Ordinary Time" during which saints' days abound.  This video, #9 in our Liturgy / Sacraments course, covers ordinary time and the sanctoral Cycle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzAWXzX8DWU The Catholic Church,...

Baptism of the Son of God

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]he Jews were absolutely unique in the Ancient world. Not only did their religion forbid them to worship gods other than the Lord, but their prophets actually taught that the gods of the nations were mere figments of the imagination. They did...

why did jesus need to be baptized baptism dr italy sin
Why Did Jesus Need to be Baptized – Video

In this excerpt from a popular video Bible study, Dr. Italy and Jeff Cavins discuss the paradox of why the sinless Jesus of Nazareth had to be baptized by John the Baptist. The baptism of John was a baptism of repentance from sin.  Christian baptism is...

Liturgical Life of Ancient Israel
The Liturgical Life of Ancient Israel – Video

Video 6 in Liturgy & Sacraments seies 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. To understand the liturgical cycle...

Masonry image
Liturgy and Tradition – Video

Video explaining the fascinating relationship between liturgy and Tradition, by Dr. Italy.  Video #5 in his course on Liturgy and Sacraments for the Catholic Distance University. The liturgy of the Catholic Church arises from Scripture and is itself full of scripture readings and scriptural prayers.  But...

Liturgy
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...

Ritual
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...