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date: 21 January 2019

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Sacraments are celebrated in assemblies. They have a communal ritual process and a liturgical form, and they find themselves at the center of the liturgical life of most churches. It follows that liturgical theology in our day has found itself increasingly becoming sacramental theology and that sacramental theology has often included reflections on liturgical practice. Indeed, the sacramental character of assembly itself—and of preaching within that assembly—can be discovered as relativizing some old controversies between the churches about sacramental meaning. On the other hand, the increasing centrality of Eucharist in ecclesial practice has created a new issue: is it necessary for a person to be baptized in order to be welcomed to communion? Sacramental-liturgical reflection on the unified economy of the sacraments can assist churches to respond to that issue with both grace and theological integrity.

Keywords: assembly, baptisma, catechumenate, catholic exception, ecumenical liturgical movement, liturgical criticism, liturgical theology, marks of the church, means of grace, ordo, participation, sacramental preaching

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