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Sacramental Life

Celebrating the

Two forms of life


natural life of our body which is animated

by our soul.

This life begins at the moment that we were

conceived in our mothers womb.


supernatural life.

This is the life that our souls must possess when

our body dies.


our souls are supernaturally alive with

the grace of God, our faith tells us we shall
die the first death--of the body; but also the
second death of the soul.


name for the second death is eternal


This means eternal separation from God.

The sacraments which Christ instituted are

the divinely ordained means

for obtaining supernatural life,

for growing in the supernatural life, and
for restoring the supernatural life

it has been lost by mortal sin.

What are the Sacraments?

A sacrament

is a visible sign instituted by

Christ which effectively communicates the
grace it signifies.

Matter and Form


of the seven sacraments is something

visible or sensibly perceptible.

The water poured in Baptism,

The oil used in Confirmation,
The bread and wine for the Eucharist,
along with the words pronounced and the ritual seen,
are all perceptible to the senses.

Sacraments are -

Signs which signify.

They manifest something beyond the visible ritual performed.

Thus water signifies washing,

Oil signifies strengthening or healing,
Eating and drinking signify being nourished.

The external sign signifies some internal change taking

place in the human spirit.

This change is in the supernatural order, including some area

or aspect of divine grace.


actually produce the grace

which they signify.


are instruments in the hands of Christ

who, through them, confers the graces
proper to each sacrament.


water, real and natural

I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit
the remission of all sin, original sin and actual,
and of all penalties incurred through this guilt.


anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism

Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; to root us more
deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into
Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us
more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to
the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.


Bread and Wine

"This is my body which will be given up for you. . . . This is the
cup of my blood. . . ."
Validly, ordained priest
Increases the communicant's union with the Lord, forgives his
venial sins, and preserves him from grave sins.

Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity

between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of
the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.

The Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the

living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits
from God.

The acts of penitence, which are divided into three parts

confession or disclosure of sins to the priest, and
the intention to make reparation and do works of reparation.

The absolution of the Priest: I absolve you from your sins, in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;

reconciliation with the Church;

remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from
peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.

Anointing of the Sick

Oil blessed by the Bishop

the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person.

Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the
grace of the Holy Spirit
May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.


Uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that
of the whole Church;

the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the

sufferings of illness or old age;

the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the
sacrament of Penance;

the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;

the preparation for passing over to eternal life.


on of hands followed by a solemn

prayer of consecration asking God to grant
the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit
required for his ministry.
Benefit, growth in grace, to the end that
whosoever is ordained may be a worthy


is based on the consent of the

contracting parties, i.e., the husband and
The sacrament thus perfects the human love
of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble
unity, and sanctifies them on the way to
eternal life.

How necessary are the sacraments?


are necessary for salvation.

even if not all are necessary for each individual.

How then can we receive the grace of salvation

UNLESS we celebrate the sacraments?

Why then, did He choose to dispense His

grace through the sacraments?


that the mysterious effects of His infinite

power should be made intelligible by means
of certain signs that are evident to our

Celebrating the Sacraments


sacraments are a continuation of Christs

work of redemption.

They are the link between His Passion on Calvary

and our present needs on earth.

They are the channels by which His saving merits

are now conveyed to a sinful world.


sacraments provide a marvelous bond of

visible unity among the members of Christs


means of the sacraments we make a

public profession of our faith, and others
witness to what we profess to believe.


sacraments afford us a constant check

on our pride.

They encourage us to the practice of humility, by

making us submit to material things as a condition
for obtaining the graces that we need for the
spiritual life.


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