Symbols: Tree with Fruit
The parents of the human race, Adam
and Eve, disobeyed God's command in the Garden of Eden, thereby commiting
the original sin, resulting in the closing of the gates of Heaven to mankind.
Even after this sin, man was not abandoned by God. God
promises a Messiah and Redeemer: "I will put emnity between thee
and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and
thou shalt lie in wait for her heel (Gen 3:14)." He tells us of a
"New Adam" who will have victory over sin.
This victory of Christ has given us greater blessings
than those which sin had taken from us. God permits evil in order to draw
forth some greater good: "O Happy Fault, whereby we have merited
so great a Redeemer (Exsultet)."
Genesis 3:1-7, 9, 14-29, 23-24