Sacraments in Catholic Church

Sacraments in Catholic Church

For Christian, there are some essential things for their faith in God. One of them is about sacraments. Sacraments has important roles in faith of Christians since it is related to the expression of faith, celebrations, and prayers. Sacraments are understood as means for the grace of God. God comes and grant blessings through sacraments, and Christians respond the faith and blessings by the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in Catholic Church. The first sacrament is Sacrament of Baptism. This is the first sacrament that will become the signs for people to be part of Catholic Church. In this sacrament, water and candle becomes two important instrument as the signs of purification and baptism, and also sign of guidance from the Holy Spirit. By the baptism, person will be included in Christ’s Salvation.

Then, the second sacrament is Sacrament of Confirmation. When the Baptism is to baptize and make someone being part of Catholic Church, Sacrament of Confirmation is to confirm person for their mission of proclamation of Faith and Gospel. Through the anointment of sacred oil, someone receive blessing and confirmation from Holy Spirit. God through the Holy Spirit will strengthen someone for the mission in the world. This sacrament is usually given by the hand of Bishop.

Then, the next sacrament is Sacrament of Eucharist. Sacrament of Eucharist is one of the mystery in Christian faith since in this sacrament, God shows his mercy and blessing for human. He sacrificed his only Son, Jesus Christ. Through His blood and body, people are saved. In the holy mass or Eucharist, they who have been declared as ready to receive the body of Christ, will receive the body of Christ in a form of consecrated bread. These three sacraments are called as the initiation sacraments.

Then, the fourth sacrament is matrimony. As its name, this sacrament is given to man and woman who are ready to live as husband and wife and become Christian family at Through this sacrament, the man and woman are united by God’s blessing and the marriage will never be broken.

That is why there is no divorce in Catholic Church. Only death can separate them. Then, the fifth sacrament is sacrament of Holy Order. Different from Sacrament of Matrimony, in this sacrament, someone will receive holy ordination to become priest. Then, the last sacrament is sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament is given to provide strength for people who are sick. Usually, this is given for people who are going to face death because of the sickness.