Sacraments and Services

The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1113).

Sacraments are powers that come forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are the masterworks of God in the new and everlasting covenant (CCC 1116).

The sacraments are of the Church in the double sense that they are by her and for her. They are by the Church, for she is the sacrament of Christ's action at work in her through the mission of the Holy Spirit. They are for the Church in the sense that the sacraments make the Church, since they manifest and communicate to men, above all in the Eucharist, the mystery of communion with the God who is love, One in three persons (CCC 1118).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Sacraments?
Are the Sacraments necessary for salvation?
What are the Sacraments of Initiation?
What are the Sacraments of Healing?
What are the Sacraments of Vocation?
Do the Sacraments make a permanent change in the recipient?

References

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd edition, 1066 - 1690.
  • United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, p. 165 – p. 303.
  • The Sacramental Mystery by Fr. Paul Haffner.

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