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Sacramental Life

Celebrating the
Sacraments

Two forms of life


The

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.

The

supernatural life.

This is the life that our souls must possess when


our body dies.

Unless

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.

Another

name for the second death is eternal

death.

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
if

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


Each

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.

Sacraments

actually produce the grace


which they signify.

They

are instruments in the hands of Christ


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

Baptism

water, real and natural


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

Confirmation

anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism


Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop
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.

Eucharist

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.

Reconcilitation
The acts of penitence, which are divided into three parts

repentance,
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
Priest
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
sin;
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.

Priest

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.

Ordination
Laying

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.
Bishop
Benefit, growth in grace, to the end that
whosoever is ordained may be a worthy
minister.

Matrimony
Marriage

is based on the consent of the


contracting parties, i.e., the husband and
wife.
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?

They

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?

So

that the mysterious effects of His infinite


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

Celebrating the Sacraments

The

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.

The

sacraments provide a marvelous bond of


visible unity among the members of Christs
Church.

By

means of the sacraments we make a


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

The

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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