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.
- SACRAMENTS of INITIATION – Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist
“Through the sacraments of Christian Initiation men and women are freed from the power of darkness. With Christ they die, are buried and rise again. They receive the Spirit of adoption which makes them God’s sons and daughters and, with the entire people of God, they celebrate the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection.”
Vatican Council, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity
- SACRAMENTS of HEALING – Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick
“The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing; the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1421
- SACRAMENTS of VOCATION – Matrimony & Holy Orders
“Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are sacraments of Christian Initiation. They ground the common vocation of all Christ’s disciples, a vocation of holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world. Two other sacraments, Matrimony and Holy Orders, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1533, 1534