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Sacraments

The Seven Sacraments are Baptism, Reconciliation (Penance, or Confession), Communion, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) devotes a significant portion of its "Part II: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery" to the Seven Sacraments.

CCC 1210 explains that Christ instituted the Sacraments as "the sacraments of the new law," touching all stages and important steps in life:

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. 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.

CCC ¶ 1210 (end note omitted)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is accompanied by what is technically an additional text to assist the reader, the CCC Glossary. The CCC Glossary defines a Sacrament in the following manner:

SACRAMENT: An efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit (774, 1131). The sacraments (called "mysteries" in the Eastern Churches) are seven in number: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance or Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony (1210).

CCC Glossary: S

While considering the Universal Sacrament of Salvation, and how the Church herself is Sacrament, CCC ¶ 774 touches upon how Sacraments are visible signs of hidden realities of Salvation. With the seven Sacraments, the Holy Spirit spreads the Grace of Christ through the Church, the Body of Christ, which "contains and communicates the invisible Grace ...":

774 The Greek word mysterion was translated into Latin by two terms: mysterium and sacramentum. In later usage the term sacramentum emphasizes the visible sign of the hidden reality of salvation which was indicated by the term mysterium. ... The seven sacraments are the signs and instruments by which the Holy Spirit spreads the grace of Christ the head throughout the Church which is his Body. The Church, then, both contains and communicates the invisible grace she signifies. It is in this analogical sense, that the Church is called a "sacrament."

CCC 774

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Baptism

Baptism is a gateway into Christianity, by which someone becomes Christian by virtue of being washed of their sins and renewed for New Life.

Jesus Christ, after His Resurrection, met with the surviving eleven original Apostles on a mountain in Galilee, and instructed them to Baptize, as an integral part of building Holy Mother Church and keeping God's Law:

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

Matthew 28:19

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) describes Baptism as one of the Sacraments of Initiation and "the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit ..." (CCC 1213) ... Click here for more on Baptism ... Click here for more on Baptism ...

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Sacraments: Reconciliation (Confession)
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Coming home to God and Holy Mother Church in our hearts and souls ... "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church ... "
"To speak of reconciliation and penance is for the men and women of our time an invitation to rediscover ... the very words with which our savior and teacher Jesus Christ began his preaching: "Repent, and believe in the Gospel,"[ ] that is to say, accept the good news of love, of adoption as children of God and hence of brotherhood .... "

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The Sacrament of Communion is the reception of the Eucharist, which contains the Body, Blood, Soul, Mind, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the Ordination of a Priest or Deacon.

Religious Sisters (Nuns) and Religious Brothers are not Ordained. They take vows are referred to as being in Consecrated Life, or Religious Life.

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