The word sacrament comes from the Latin word sacramentum, which means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.
The sacraments flow from Jesus Christ and from his public ministry on earth which, “anticipated the power of his Paschal mystery.” (CCC 1114) As we read in the Catechism, “The mysteries of Christ’s life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church, for ‘what was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries.'” (CCC 1115)
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The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
For catholics, the sacrament of baptism is the first step in a life long journey of committment and decispleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, baptism is the church's way of celabrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion is both a sacrifice and a meal.We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brough closer to God.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself to his or her spouse. It is also a public statement about God: The loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation(also knowns as Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession, and celebration.In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.