What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is a source of God’s grace and an indication of the kind of grace that it is.
For example: Holy Communion is Gods way of giving us, Jesus his son, as food for the journey of life, as we continue on our journey to the father’s house in heaven.
For example: Holy Anointing of the sick: is Gods way of blessing the sick by placing his hand on their head, through the hand of the priest.
A sacrament is god’s way of reaching into the world and being a part of our lives. Some sacraments cannot be repeated, but we can renew our commitment to them.
For example: renewal of baptismal promises, priestly promises, renewal of marriage vows.
How many sacraments are there?
We have seven sacraments:
The Sacrament of Baptism
What is baptism?
Baptism cleanses us from Original Sin, makes us members of the family of God, and is the starting point of our journey to the Fathers house in heaven.
The Sacrament of Confession
What is Confession?
Confession is the sacrament by which God forgives our sins and gives us the grace to be better in the future. How can I make a good confession? by being truly sorry for my sins and by making a resolution to turn away from those sins. I must then go to the sacrament of confession to receive absolution for them.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist/ Holy Mass
What is Holy Mass?
Holy Mass is the sacrament in which we actively share in the sacrifice of Jesus offered for us at the last supper and at Calvary. It is the one continuous sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The Sacrament of Confirmation
What is confirmation?
Through confirmation, God: the Holy Spirit comes to us and makes us fully members of the church. God strengthens us with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, and makes us ready to be true witnesses to Jesus Christ in the world.
The Sacrament of Marriage
What is marriage?
Holy Matrimony is the sacrament that joins a man and woman together for life. It helps them to love each other and to be good to each other, and, should god bless them with children, it helps them, to raise their children to love and serve god.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders
What is ordination?
Holy Orders are conferred on a man who has been called by god and approved by the church to be a deacon, a priest or a bishop. Holy Orders give him the graces which are necessary for his sacred duties. For example the duties of a priest are preaching, offering holy mass, hearing confession, and the holy anointing of the sick.
The Sacrament of the Sick
What is the Holy Anointing of the Sick?
Throughout the gospels Jesus reaches out to the sick. Holy anointing gives spiritual strength and comfort to the sick, and assures the sick of God’s presence with them in the midst of their suffering.