The traditional definition of a sacrament is this: "A sacrament is a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace."
Within this definition there are three important statements:
1. A Visible Sign
An action is performed by a minister (usually a priest). For example, when a baby is baptized in the church the priest pours water over its head and at the same time says the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." That is a visible sign.
2. Instituted by Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ instructed His church to offer the seven sacraments to His followers. For example, His directive to His disciples in Matthew's Gospel (28/19), "Go then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you."
3. To Give Grace
Grace is God's free gift of Himself as the controlling influence in our life and the decisions we make once we have committed ourselves to Him in faith.
In summary, a sacrament is one of the means God has chosen to influence our life in the direction of his purpose for giving us life.
The Eucharist is at the heart of our Christian lives: an invitation to union with our creator and all creation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a wonderful opportunity for your child to step forward as a young adult and declare his/her faith in God within our faith tradition in front of the whole community.
The sacrament that helps unite those who are suffering with Jesus' saving and healing power is the Anointing of the Sick. Through this sacrament people receive forgiveness for their sins and comfort in their suffering; they are restored in spirit; and sometimes they even experience the return of physical health.
The Sacrament of Baptism is often called “The door of the Church”, because it is the first of seven sacraments not only in time but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it.
Catholic men who “take Holy Orders” receive a special sacrament called Holy Orders, which creates the hierarchy of deacon, priest, and bishop. These men (who are ordained by a bishop by means of that sacrament) serve the spiritual needs of others in the Catholic Church.
& 1ST EUCHARIST
A covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring”, and which “has been raised by Christ the Lord.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
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