The word sacrament comes from the Latin word “sacramentum” which means a sign of the sacred. A sign of sacred reality. – St. Augustine
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
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.
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.
Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions practice all seven sacraments. Most other Christian denominations only celebrate baptism and communion.
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.
The are seven Sacramentsdivided in three categories.These categories are:Initiation, Healing, Missionand Service.