What is a Sacrament?
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The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.

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How many Sacraments are there?
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There are seven Sacraments. Three are life-giving Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Two are healing Sacraments: Penance (or ‘Reconciliation’), and the Anointing of the Sick. Two are Sacraments of Service: Holy Orders and Matrimony.

 
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If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. To learn more about the individual sacraments, please follow the links on the left. You'll find easy-to-understand articles and some common questions and answers.