In this 5th Grade lesson, you learn about sacramentals. You will study how you can receive graces from using them but in a way different from the Sacraments.
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Sacramentals are holy things or actions. The Church uses them to obtain for us favors from God. This helps both your body and soul. Sacramentals are different from the Sacraments. A Sacrament is a visible sign instituted by Christ to give Grace. The Sacraments receive their power from God, through the merits of Jesus Christ. Sacramentals do not on their own give Grace. But they do help make you ready to receive Graces. They inspire faith, love, and devotion.
Sacramentals help you receive Actual Graces. Actual Graces are given by God to help you in specific cases. Sacramentals help you receive forgiveness of venial sins. These sins are the lesser offenses against God. Sacramentals do not help take away mortal sins. These need the Sacrament of Confession. Venial sins can be forgiven by the sincere use of a Sacramental.
Most Sacramentals are sacred actions, objects, and words. The Church says that you can obtain certain Graces from using Sacramentals. Blessings are one of the most important of the Sacramentals in the Church. Only an ordained member of the clergy can bless Sacramentals. They bless something by invoking the name of God. Things or people are blessed to ask God's protection. They are also blessed to remind us to give all to God. The “baptism” of Church bells or ships is also considered a Sacramental action.
Sacramental actions can be movements of the body. The Church uses these in her liturgy and prayer. Some are kneeling, genuflecting, or making the Sign of the Cross. The Stations of Cross (also a prayer) is another Sacramental action. This requires prayerfully walking from one station to another. You also perform actions like genuflections or the Sign of the Cross. The eating of blessed foods is also a sacramental.
Sacred objects are also Sacramentals. A blessed object can mean a person, a building, or various things. Some blessed objects are holy water, candles, or ashes. Some include palms or incense. They can also be crucifixes or medals. Sacramentals may be rosaries or scapulars. Images of Jesus, Mary, and the saints are also sacred objects. The Bible or prayer books are also Sacramentals. Likewise, religious habits, vestments of priests, or rings of a married couple are as well.
Words can be sacred, too. They become Sacramentals when the Church makes them holy. Such words are called indulgenced prayers. An indulgence is a forgiveness granted by the Church. This is for the punishment for sins already forgiven. There are partial or plena... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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