1192 Sacred images in our churches and homes are intended to awaken and nourish ourfaith in the mystery of Christ. Through the icon of Christ and his works of salvation it is he whom we adore. Through sacred images of the holy Mother of God, of the angels and of the saints, we venerate the persons represented. 1193 Sunday, the ‘Lord’s Day’, is the principal dayfor the celebration of the Eucharist because it is the day of the Resurrection. It is the pre-eminent day of the liturgical assembly, the day ofthe Christian family, and the day ofjoy and rest from work. Sunday is ‘the foundation and kernel of the whole liturgical year’ (SC io6).

1194 The Church, ‘in the course of the year,... unfolds the whole mystery of Christ from his Incarnation and Nativity through his Ascension, to Pentecost and the expectation of the blessed hope of the coming of the Lord’ (SC 102 § 2).

1195 By keeping the memorials of the saints —first of all the holy Mother of God, then the apostles, the martyrs and other saints — on fixed days of the liturgical year, the Church on earth shows that she is united with the liturgy of heaven. She gives glory to Christfor having accomplished his salvation in his glor(fled members; their example encourages her on her way to the Father.

1196 The faithful who celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours are united to Christ our high priest, by the prayer ofthe Psalms, meditation on the Word of God, and canticles and blessings, in order to be joined with his unceasing and universal prayer that gives glory to the Father and implores the gjft of the Holy Spirit on the whole world.

1197 Christ is the true temple of God, ‘the place where his glory dwells’; by the grace of God, Christians also become temples of the Holy Spirit, living stones out of which the Church is built.

1,98 In her earthly state the Church needs places where the community can gather together. Our visible churches, holy places, are images of the holy city, the heavenly Jerusalem, towards which we are making our way on pilgrimage. 1199 It is in these churches that the Church celebrates public worship to the glory of the Holy Trinity, hears the word of God and sings his praise, l~fls up her prayer, and offers the sacr~Jice of Christ sacramentally present in the midst of the assembly. These churches are also places of recollection and personal prayer.

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