What are Icons, and why are such an important part of worship, especially in the Easter church? And what about Indulgences? Does the Church still use them? Didn't they go out with the Protestant Reformation?
Deacon Tim Elliott tells us how Icons are 'prayed' rather than 'painted,' and how indulgences are still very much a part of the Church's arsenal. (For more on indulgences, consult the Enchiridon Indulgentiarum, the Handbook of Indulgences).
We never did quite get to discussing sacramentals, which the Constitution on the Sacred liturgy defines as 'sacred signs instituted by the Church that dispose people to receive the chief effects of the sacraments and they make holy variious occasions in human life.' The sign of the cross, for example, is a sacramental.