The Seven Sacraments

Jesus gave the Church the Seven Sacraments. The sacraments are the main liturgical signs of the Church. They make the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, who is always the main celebrant of each sacrament, present to us. They make us sharers in the saving work of Christ and in the life of the Holy Trinity

Sacraments of Christian Initiation

Baptism:  Through Baptism, we are joined to Christ and become members of the Body of Christ, the Church. We are reborn as adopted children of God and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Original Sin and all personal sins are forgiven. 

Confirmation: Confirmation completes Baptism. In this sacrament, the gift of the Holy Spirit strengthens us to live our Baptism.

Eucharist: Sharing in the Eucharist joins us most fully to Christ and to the Church. We share in the one sacrifice of Christ. The bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the words of the priest. We receive the Body and Blood of Christ.

Sacraments of Healing

Reconciliation: Through the ministry of the priest, we receive forgiveness of sins committed after our Baptism. We need to confess all mortal sins.

Anointing of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick strengthens our faith and trust in God when we are seriously ill, dying, or weak because of old age.Sacraments at the Service of Communion

Holy Orders: Through Holy Orders, a baptized man is consecrated to serve the whole Church as a bishop, priest, or deacon in the name of Christ. Bishops, who are the successors of the Apostles, receive this sacrament most fully. They are consecrated to teach the Gospel, to lead the Church in the worship of God, and to guide the Church to live holy lives. Bishops are helped in their work by priests, their co-workers, and by deacons.

Matrimony: Matrimony unites a baptized man and a baptized woman in a lifelong bond of faithful love to honor each other always and to accept the gift of children from God. In this sacrament, the married couple is consecrated to be a sign of God’s love for the Church.

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