Sacraments

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:1 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.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1210

The seven sacraments are drawn from the love that Jesus has for all of us as shown in his life, passion, death, and resurrection. This love is shared with us by the Holy Spirit through human ceremonies each instituted by Christ. These ceremonies offer union with God during seven significant life stages. The work and pattern of our liturgy and through the sacraments is simply the profound reality of our God walking always with us on the journey of life.

Each sacrament is formed by words and gestures that explain what God is doing for us. The materials that we use (water, bread, wine, oil) point to the divine love of our God, who freely chooses to share his grace with us through them. Just as Christ is fully human and divine, so the sacraments have a human and a divine aspect. The sacraments are about God’s loving involvement in our lives.

Within our walls, children are welcomed into the body of Christ and celebrate their first encounters with the Lord.  Couples are joined here in the Sacrament of Marriage; priests are consecrated to the Lord in the Sacrament of Holy Orders; the infirm are strengthened by the Sacrament of the Sick and our loved ones are laid to rest on their final journey home to Heaven.  To paraphrase the documents of the Second Vatican Council, ‘the joys and the hopes, the grief and the anxieties of our times’ are lived out in this place of worship.

"All the sacraments have a deifying purpose: Baptism introduces the Divine Life into us. Confession restores it when it’s lost through sin. Confirmation strengthens it. Matrimony and Holy Orders give it vocational direction. Anointing of the Sick prepares us for the transition to our heavenly homeland. And the Eucharist is meant to Christify us."
Bishop Robert Barron
Auxillary Bishop of Los Angeles
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