Essay about The Rituals Of Sacred Rituals

2090 Words Oct 16th, 2016 9 Pages
Various religions approach the aspect of sacred rituals in unique and purposeful manners. According to Livingston, “a religious ritual is an agreed-on and formalized pattern of ceremonial movements and verbal expressions carried out in a sacred context” (75). Though most people link sacred rituals to animal sacrifices, it is far more than that. “Rituals range from simple gestures, such as bowing or shaking hands, to elaborate ceremonial dramas, such as the Eastern Orthodox Liturgy” (Livingston 75). Contrary to popular belief, sacred rituals are not only used in Santeria, but in other religions such as Judaism and Catholicism as well. Though each of these religions have different rituals, they all use them as a “primary means of social communication and cohesion” (Livingston 75). Catholicism is one of the many religions that uses sacred rituals as such a means.
The Catholic religion can be found under the umbrella of Christianity. Like most religions, that Catholic’s carry out sacred rituals that hold different purposes. One of the rituals that is common in Catholicism is that of the First Communion or First Eucharist. The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is “the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine” (“What is First Communion?” 1). It is not symbolic, as the Catholic’s truly believe it is the body and blood of Christ. During the last supper in Mathew 26:26-29, Jesus tells his disciples that he has blessed the bread and asks them to eat it, as it is his…

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