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Sacramentals are rites in the Roman Catholic Church (Rite 2) that are meant to denote God’s presence in the world by declaring his sovereignty over persons or things and by seeking his aid. They are “sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments” but are of less importance than sacraments; they are instituted by the church, not by Christ (Sacrosanctum concilium [SC] 60; 1983 CIC 1166–72). They display and promote the church’s pastoral task of sanctifying the world for God and permeating all spheres of life (consecratio mundi; Roman Catholic Church 5). They prepare believers…

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, “Sacramentals”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.6>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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