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-Matthew 14:27


 

The Seven Sacraments

 

The word sacrament comes from the word sacramentum which means “a sign of the sacred.” The sacraments are our opportunity to experience God’s saving presence. They are signs and instruments of God’s grace in our lives.

The sacraments are generally divided into three groups.

The Sacraments of Initiation include Baptism by which we enter the Christian community, Eucharist by which we are fed at the table of the Lord and Confirmation by which we are strengthened and anointed in the faith.

The Sacraments of Healing include Reconciliation by which our sins are forgiven and Anointing of the Sick by which we experience the healing and peace of Christ.

The Sacraments of Service include Matrimony by which a couple pledge their love and fidelity to each other with the Church as their witness and Holy Orders by which men are ordained to the deaconate, priesthood and as bishops.

On the separate sacrament pages you will find information on each sacrament in general and how they are celebrated in the community of St. Dominic Church.