What is a Sacrament?

sacrament is a sacred Christian rite recognized as of particular importance and significance.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church  defines the sacraments as “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.


How are Sacraments of the Church divided?

The Sacraments are divided into:  the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and
Holy Eucharist); Sacraments of Healing (Penance and Anointing of the Sick) and Sacraments at the
Service of Communion and Mission  
(Holy Orders and Matrimony).

The sacraments touch all the important moments of Christian life.  All of the sacraments are ordered
to the Holy Eucharist  “as to their end” (St. Thomas Aquinas)


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