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12 Interesting Things About the Magna Carta (and why it still matters)

The Magna Carta just celebrated its 800th birthday. On June 15, AD 1215, at Runnymede, a contingent of barons and lords presented King John of England a great charter (Latin: magna carta) guaranteeing certain rights to the people, outlining certain legal procedures, and detailing the ways in which the king could act towards the Church and the people according to …

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Communion in the Middle Ages

5. The term “Sacrament” in Latin is translated out of the Greek word Mysterion In the latin, the term means a promise (of Christ), it is a legal Roman term, helping solidify the idea that the Sacraments were a form of promise, just as Augustine defined Sacraments. However, mysterion, which the East retains, creates a …

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Who Was Melchizedek?

How many times have you heard “Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”? I’ve heard it more times than I can count, I heard it in RCIA, I’ve heard it in Scripture readings at Mass, I’ve read about Melchizedek in in Scripture commentaries and read references to him in books. My take …

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