The play is marked by Everyman’s journey to find someone to go to Heaven with him. In the Catholic faith this is known as Viaticum, a form of Eucharist or communion. Viaticum is Latin for “provisions for a journey”. Provisions for a journey are given to those who may be facing death or who are dying. This rite prepares a person to receive eternal life from God, and gives them the confidence to go before Him. Everyman’s journey symbolized the trials and tribulations a person must overcome before they can reach heaven. If Everyman had not been given this journey he would not have grasped the understanding of how God plays a role in each person’s life. Every person is allowed the following to prepare themselves for afterlife and going before God: Baptism, confirmation, penance, extreme unction, Eucharist, prayers, and good deeds. When Everyman gives his testament, Knowledge advises him to seek out priesthood, it is after this that Five-Wits explains the purpose of him going.
“…For man’s redemption, it is ever sure; Which God for our soul’s medicine Gave us out of his heart with great pine; Here in this transitory life, for thee and me The blessed sacraments seven there be, Baptism, confirmation, with priesthood good, And the sacrament of... [continues]
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