The seven sacraments

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The seven sacraments

  1. 1.  The word sacrament comes from the Latin word “sacramentum” which means a sign of the sacred. A sign of sacred reality. – St. Augustine
  2. 2.  Efficacious symbols since they do not simply point to the presence of grace but actually bring about or effect the grace they symbolize. A sacred outward sign instituted by Jesus to give life or grace.- Traditional definition
  3. 3.  Efficacious : means effective, something that produces an effect. It also means something that is efficient (productive) and successful. The sacraments effect what they signify. They make present the spiritual reality that they symbolize, that is, the saving presence of the Risen Christ.
  4. 4. The sacraments are: A. Ceremonies that point to what is sacred. B. Sacraments are channels of grace. C. They communicate the grace of God to those who receive them.
  5. 5.  Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions practice all seven sacraments. Most other Christian denominations only celebrate baptism and communion.
  6. 6.  Catholics are Sacramental people. The Catholic mind recognizes that God is at work in humanity and all of Creation. Catholics believe that God reaches out to us every day. Catholics believe that the life of grace begins in baptism and continues throughout our lives.
  7. 7. The are seven Sacramentsdivided in three categories.These categories are:Initiation, Healing, Missionand Service.
  8. 8. 1. Baptism2. Confirmation3. Eucharist
  9. 9. 4. Reconciliation or Penance5. Anointing of the Sick
  10. 10. 6. Matrimony7. Holy Orders
  11. 11.  CCC #131: “The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.”
  12. 12.  Each group will  The reporting by discuss to the group will be done class the signs/ next meeting. symbols used in the Sacrament, their meaning and the reality it symbolizes/ points out to.
  13. 13.  A. The divine life that comes from God alone. B. God’s power C. God’s strength D. Grace makes us holy. E. Grace help us follow God’s will in every day life. F. The very life of God.

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