Catechism On Line
The death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus
In this chapter we discuss the following topics:
The Jewish PASSOVEROne of the most profound events in the life of Israelites (Jews, descendants of Abraham) was the "Passover". While in slavery in Egypt, the Jews were led by their prophet Moses. He, together with his brother Aaron tried to convince the Pharaoh of Egypt to let the Jews go free, but Pharaoh would repeatedly refuse. GOD therefore decided to punish Egyptians by killing off all the first-born males in the land, but He would spare the Jews by "passing over" their houses untouched. Since then, Moses gave instructions to his people how to celebrate the feast of Passover. This celebration event includes eating a Passover meal in a special way.
For us, Christians, the Passover meal has an additional significance
because it was during His Passover meal that Jesus instituted the Eucharist.
What is Eucharist?
The Paschal MysteryJust as the Passover is important to Jewish people, so is the Paschal Mystery to Christians. What is the Paschal Mystery?
What are the events described in the Paschal Mystery?
* The Passion Narrative
* The Ascension forty
The Paschal Mystery is the most important event in Jesus' mission for two reasons.
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