Sacraments

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SACRAMENTS ARE HOLY, VISIBLE SIGNS INSTITUTED BY CHRIST OF AN INVISIBLE REALITY, IN WHICH CHRISTIANS CAN EXPERIENCE THE HEALING, FORGIVING, NOURISHING, STRENGTHENING PRESENCE OF GOD THAT ENABLES THEM TO LOVE IN TURN; THIS IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE GOD’S GRACE WORKS IN THE SACRAMENTS.


Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism –  is the basis of the whole Christian life…Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.

Confirmation – The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.

Eucharist – This sacrament completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to the Church by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

Sacraments of Healing

Penance – “Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.” (CCC 1422)

Anointing of the Sick – “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them…”

Sacraments of Service

Matrimony – “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (CCC 1601)

Holy Orders – is the sacrament through  which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. (CCC1536)