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Sacramentals
(723 words)

[German Version]

I. General

Until the first half of the 12th century, sacramentum could denote any liturgical action of the church; since early Scholasticism, however, Western theology (in the Roman Catholic Church) has made a distinction between the seven sacraments and all other liturgical actions and signs, which are categorized as sacramentals. Although the sacramentals, like the sacraments, are visible signs of invisible grace, there is a qualitative difference: the sacraments,…

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Steck, Wolfgang, “Sacramentals”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024689>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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