Sacrament: What is a sacrament? A sacrament is a means instituted by Christ in order to give grace (God’s assistance).
Baptism: What is Baptism? Baptism is the basis for the Christian life. A person who is baptized receives grace or God’s assistance along with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is the door that opens a person to the other sacraments. Through Baptism the individual is freed from original sin and reborn as sons of God. A person who is baptized becomes a member of Christ and His Church we become members of Christ. A baptized person then shares in Christ’s mission on earth. There is a new life in Christ.
Confirmation: This sacrament helps a baptized Catholic to become a soldier for Christ. It seals us with the Holy Spirit and joins us more firmly to Christ. It also strengthens our bond with the Church. By receiving Confirmation a person bears witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds. They want to defend the truth!
Penance: This is called the sacrament of Penance is the first step in returning to the Father for a Catholic who has committed sin. The Sacrament of penance is a spiritual washing of soul for someone who has sinned The person first makes an examination of his conscience, is sorry for his sins, confesses his sin to the priest, and intends to repair the damage done by the sin. He can makes extra penances to show God how much he loves him.
Holy Eucharist: The Eucharist means (thanksgiving). At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration, the bread and wine, through the words of Christ and the invitation of the Holy Spirit, become the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself. It contains the entire treasure of the Church which is Jesus Himself. Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist makes every church holy ground. It is a holy sacrifice which makes present the saving Cross and Resurrection of Jesus in which we united. The faithful can receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist every day so that grow and become saints.
Holy Orders: This is where man becomes a priest in the order of Melchizedek. From the first apostles Christ ordained and gave a sacred power to his first priest to the people of the Church Ordained priest serve the people of God by teaching, leading divine worship, and governing. The sacrament happens when the Bishop lays hands on a Deacon says a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordained the graces of the Holy Spirit. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character-once a priest then a priest forever.
Matrimony: The sacrament of matrimony is a bond of a man and woman made before God and several witnesses. It like the union of Christ and the Church. It gives the man and woman the grace to love each other with the love which Christ has loved his church. The grace of the sacrament is permanent. It soley for their earthly journey. It is fidelity. The two look at each other faithfully through their lives. They are one flesh and see the other’s first. It is fruitful. Matrimony is the beginning of fruitfulness where the man and woman are open to children.
Anointing of the Sick: This sacrament gives a special grace to the Christian experiencing the difficulties of grave illness or old age. It removes all sin and once again gives a grace that can not only heal an individual but may be a preparation for their death. This sacrament helps the Catholic unite to the Passion and death of Christ.
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If from the beginning Christians have celebrated the Eucharist and in a form whose substance has not changed despite the great diversity of times and liturgies, it is because we know ourselves to be bound by the command the Lord gave on the eve of his Passion: "Do this in remembrance of me." - Section 1356 Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." "This presence is called ‘real'—by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present." - Section 1374 Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation." - Section 1376 Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please read the full text here.
Learn MoreApostolic Exhortation by Pope Benedict XVI on the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church's Life and Mission (Sacramentum Caritatis) [click here].
Catechesis of Pope John Paul II on the Eucharist [click here]
Resources on the Eucharist [click here] (compiled by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
"They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again. Those, therefore, who speak against this gift of God, incur death in the midst of their disputes." - St Ignatius of Antioch (50-107), Epistle to the Smyrnaeans, Chapter 7.
"And this food is called among us the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh. For the apostles, in the memoirs composed by them, which are called Gospels, have thus delivered unto us what was enjoined upon them; that Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, said,"This do in remembrance of Me, Luke 22:19 this is My body;" and that, after the same manner, having taken the cup and given thanks, He said, "This is My blood;" and gave it to them alone" - St Justin Martyr (100-165) First Apology, Chapter 66.
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Preparations for Confession
To prepare to receive the sacrament of penance and reconciliation (popularly known as the sacrament of confession), please read read this document from truecatholic.org or read this document from ourcatholicfaith.org.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, please read here.
Circular Letter on the Sacrament of Penance issued by the Congregration for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament on 20 March 2000, please read here.
For is it not true that we hate truth and those who tell it us, and that we like them to be deceived in our favour, and prefer to be esteemed by them as being other than what we are in fact? One proof of this makes me shudder. The Catholic religion does not bind us to confess our sins indiscriminately to everybody; it allows them to remain hidden from all other men save one, to whom she bids us reveal the innermost recesses of our heart and show ourselves as we are. There is only this one man in the world whom she orders us to undeceive, and she binds him to an inviolable secrecy, which makes this knowledge to him as if it were not. Can we imagine anything more charitable and pleasant? And yet the corruption of man is such that he finds even this law harsh; and it is one of the main reasons which has caused a great part of Europe to rebel against the Church. How unjust and unreasonable is the heart of man, which feels it disagreeable to be obliged to do in regard to one man what in some measure it were right to do to all men! For is it right that we should deceive men? - Section 100, Pensees by Blaise Pascal
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
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Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please read here.
As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all. - Section 168 Pensees by Blaise Pascal.
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For baptism of adults
Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of Baptism, please read here.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of Confirmation, please read here.
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Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of the Holy Orders, please read here.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of Matrimony, please read here.
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Official Website [click here].
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments documents at Giga-Catholic Information [click here].
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Official Website [click here].
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith documents at Giga-Catholic Information [click here]
General Instruction Of The Roman Missal [click here]
Catholic Liturgical Library [click here]
Adoremus Liturgical Library [click here]