What is a Sacrament?

Christ is the sacrament of the invisible God; a sacrament that indicates presence. God with us.

- St John Paul II

The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The sacraments point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. There are seven sacraments. Three of these are sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Two are sacraments of healing: Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick. The final two are sacraments of vocation: Marriage and Holy Order.  The sacraments were instituted by Christ and given to the Church to administer. They are necessary for salvation.

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