Sacraments

Sacraments

"Outward and Visible Signs of Inward and Spiritual Grace"

 

The Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, windows in the universe between the dimension of physical reality (matter, space, time) and the dimension of spiritual reality. Christianity recognizes the whole universe as sacramental, as means of making God'ss presence and grace available to the physical dimension. The sacramental rituals of the Church acknowledge the special combination of natural means of grace (water, bread, wine, hands, oil, tears) and the conscious prayers and intentions of the Church. Through the Sacraments of the Church, the community of the faithful initiates, nourishes, makes covenants, empowers, reconciles, heals, and commends one another to God.

The Christian Sacraments include: Holy Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Confession, Healing, and Burial.