S is for Sacraments

Sacrament is the unique way in which the Lord continues to offer His Divine grace for us miserable offenders. From birth till death, every milestone of our lives is marked by these sacraments. At Birth – Baptism of a child assures the cleansing of sins and making us the members of Christ Body, the Church. Holy Communion is the precious body and blood of Christ for the nourishment of our souls. Holy Confirmation – strengthens us with the power of the Holy Spirit to embrace the faith and life in Christ in its totality. Holy Absolution is divine forgiveness extended to the sinner through the ministry of the church where the penitent is absolved from his or her sins.Holy Anointing is when one is sick is anointed in the Name of the Father Son and the Holy Ghost. Holy Orders is the sacrament through which these channels of graces are administered. Holy Matrimony is the sacrament through which a man and woman are brought together in the wedlock in the presence of the Lord and in the presence of the witnesses.through which the original sin is washed awayThey are outward signs of inward and spiritual grace.

The Sacraments are nothing less than the Divinely-appointed means through which the benefits of these mysteries are applied to our souls. The Sacraments are the Divinely-ordered channels by which the spiritual forces of the Incarnation reach us.

The term sacrament was restricted to seven ordinances. Some of these owe their existence to our Lord’s direct institution, as recorded in the Gospels; others to the Apostles acting, we may believe, under unrecorded commands of Christ.’ The Two Greater Sacraments are named :i. HOLY BAPTISM. ii. THE HOLY EUCHARIST. The Five Lesser Sacraments are named :iii.CONFIRMATION. iv. PENANCE. v. HOLY ORDER. vi. HOLY MATRIMONY. vii. UNCTION.

Our Lord’s authority can be traced directly for the institution of Holy Baptism, the Holy Eucharist, Holy Order, and Penance. Matrimony, instituted by God from the beginning, was raised by our Lord .to a higher dignity; whilst the expression” in the name of the Lord,” used by St. James’ of Unction, compared with St. Mark vi. 13, p oints to His authority for this Sacrament also. Although there is no record of the institution of Confirmation in the New Testament, yet we have the highest reasons for believing that it was ordered by our Lord Himself before His Ascension. Confirmation conveys the fulness of the gift of the Holy Ghost, which no rite of the Church’s appointing could do without Divine authority. – The Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist claim special attention, for our Lord has given them a peculiar prominence. They are the instruments of INWARD LIFE, according to our Lord’s declaration, that Baptism is THE NEW BIRTH, and that in the Eucharist we eat THE LIVING BREAD. They are sometimes called” the Sacraments of the Gospel,” because they have their visible sign or ceremony ordained by Christ in the Gospels. (Vernon Staley, The Catholic Religion)

 

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