What are Sacraments?
Jesus gave His Church, through His Apostles, seven visible signs of His love for His people. These seven signs we call "Sacraments". We can further break the seven down into three basic groups.
Sacraments of Initiation:
Sacraments of Service:
Sacraments of Healing:
Anointing of the Sick
The Baltimore Catechism defines a sacrament "A sacrament is a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace." Within this definition there are three important statements:
A visible sign
A minister performs actions, says specific prayers and uses other elements to confer the sacrament.
When we baptize, we use water, holy oils, a white garment, and a candle to symbolize spiritual realities of our actions.
Instituted by Christ
In our Sacred Scriptures, Jesus appointed his Apostles with these Sacraments.
To give grace
God gives Himself to us free and without merit on our part.
Please review the individual Sacraments listed on the menu for more on each.