The Seven Sacraments
The word sacrament comes from the Latin word “sacramentum” which means a sign of the sacred. The word sacramentum was borrowed from the Roman Army. A recruit for the Roman army became a soldier by undergoing a sacramentum.
The sacramentum had two parts: the soldier took an oath of office, and the Army branded him behind the ear with the number of his legion.
The sacramentum resulted in new responsibilities and new advantages.
Ancient Latin theologians seized upon sacramentum as the best Latin equivalent of the Greek word mystery when it referred to a church rite, because the church rite is simultaneously spiritual and physical, and because the person who undergoes the sacrament simultaneously receives new responsibilities and a new spiritual status before God.
The sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred.
They communicate the grace of God to those who receive them. Grace is God’s power working through us helping us to follow Christ and do the will of God.
The Catechism states that:
Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven:
The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. (1210)
From birth to death the sacraments mark our lives as Catholics. We believe that the life of grace begins in baptism and continues throughout our lives.
Catholics believe the sacraments are channels of God’s grace which helps us to be faithful followers of Christ.
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