1677 Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church. They prepare men to receive the fruit of the sacraments and sanctify djfferent circumstances of life.

1678 Among the sacramentals blessings occupy an important place. They include both praise of Godfor his works and gifts, and the Church’s intercession for men that they may be able to use God’s gifts according to the spirit of the Gospel. 1679 In addition to the liturgy, Christian life is nourished by various forms of popular piety, rooted in the different cultures. While carefully clarifying them in the light offaith, the Church fosters the forms of popular piety that express an evangelical instinct and a human wisdom and that enrich Christian life.

Article 2


i68o All the sacraments, and principally those of Christian initia— 1525 tion, have as their goal the last Passover of the child of God which, through death, leads him into the life of the Kingdom. Then what he confessed in faith and hope will be fulfilled: ‘I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.”2


The Christian’s Last Passover

i68i The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the 1010—1014 Paschal mystery of the death and Resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is ‘away from the body and at home with the Lord’.’3 1682 For the Christian the day of death inaugurates, at the end of his sacramental life, the fulfilment of his new birth begun at Baptism, the definitive ‘conformity’ to ‘the image of the Son’ conferred by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and participation in the feast of the Kingdom which was anticipated in the Eucharist —