Rise Of Christianity Essay

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Christianity is the world’s largest religion, proving to be durable, lasting over 2,000 years and having over thirty-two percent of the population following it. It began in the first century and is filed as an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion. It is based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that there is a single, personal, transcendent, and all powerful God that manifests in three ways, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They believe that God has reached out in grace (love) to humanity through Jesus Christ. For Christians, their ultimate purpose is to be in union with God in heaven (Brodd, et al. 462-463). Although the majority of Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and was sent to be the savior of humanity …show more content…
It began to take on a political element as well as retaining its own special characteristics. In the ancient days, the church was always there. When Caesar fell, the Pope stood. In the time of anarchy where the legislative, municipal, military, fiscal, and justice systems were failing and the city was being attacked by barbarians, the ecclesiastical was the only universal sovereignty available (Fairbairn, 191). This moved the church to essentially become the state. It worked for justice, order and civilization. It began to represent a new idea of sovereignty and an empire that lived by faith. An example of the control catholicism had, in terms of politics, was the control it gained in Europe and the empires it created like the Holy Roman Empire, that lasted from about 962-1806. In this empire, among many things, war was heavily influenced and justified by the faith. These wars were known as the Crusades. The Crusades were an attempt by the Holy Roman Empire to secure the Holy Land (Jerusalem) from the Muslims. These battles were unsuccessful and lead to many, many deaths. Another example of how important Catholicism was to a country’s foundation was England. Catholicism dictated how the country ran. In England, the system of government they had was a monarchy. Here, a king was appointed and he ruled over the land with respect to Parliament. In Christianity, followers are told to respect …show more content…
During this part of the service, ushers go around during collection and people put their contribution to the church in a basket. While this is happening the altar servers start preparing the altar. Once money is collected, a group of people bring up the wine, host (sacramental bread), and the money. This is called the presentation of the gifts. The priest then prays over the gifts. Around this time is when we all kneel. During the Eucharistic prayer there is a series of songs that are sung: “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “The Mystery of Faith”. The priest consecrates the host and wine performing transubstantiation which turns the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. After the bread and wine are consecrated we all stand and say the Our Father or the "Lords Prayer". The members then all then have a sign of peace (shaking hands, hugging, kissing, etc.). We then sing “The Lamb of God” and then start communion where we go and receive the body and blood. After we receive, we return to our seats and kneel to pray. After communion while there is still music going on, the priest cleans the cups and prepares to conclude the service. That concludes the third part of the service, and the fourth part begins, the concluding rights. Once the priest finishes cleaning the cups, he has a time of reflection. After he is ready, there are some announcement and then everyone rises and the priest will

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