In this 8th grade lesson we study an overview of the Sacraments. The Sacraments are seven in number and they can never be increased or decreased since they were instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The Sacraments actually give grace and help us in life's various stages. Baptism, the first Sacrament, is even necessary for salvation. Confirmation, which you may soon be receiving, completes the anointing that began when you were baptized.
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The Ordination of St. Stephan as Deacon
by Vittore Carpaccio
God gives us graces to grow in holiness. Grace is invisible. To help us know when we receive grace, Jesus instituted the Sacraments. The Sacraments are signs of grace that we can see.
The Sacraments give us two kinds of grace: sanctifying grace and sacramental grace. Sanctifying grace cleanses us of Original Sin and restores our holiness. Sacramental grace helps us maintain and grow in holiness in the daily actions of our life.
There are seven Sacraments. Let’s look at each one.
Baptism — The Sacrament of Baptism is when we first enter the Church. In Baptism we are marked as Christians. This mark is placed on our soul, making it permanent. Because of the permanence of this mark, a person can only be fully baptized once.
The Sacrament of Baptism uses water and special words that Jesus gave us. As he pours water on our head, the priest says, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” A person can’t be baptized without these words.
At our baptism we receive sanctifying grace. This grace takes away Original Sin. God also gives us the graces of faith, hope, and charity. With these graces we start to grow in holiness.
Reconciliation — The Sacrament of Reconciliation helps you move closer to God by cleaning sin from your soul. There are five steps in this sacrament. First is the Examination of Conscience. Second is a sincere attitude of contrition. Third is the firm resolve not to sin again. Fourth is making a good confession in the presence of a priest. Finally, a prescribed penance must be done.
Holy Communion — In this sacrament we receive Jesus Himself. The priest uses bread and wine to prepare for the Sacrament. During Mass, the priest says the words of consecration that Jesus spoke at the Last Supper. When he says this special prayer the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. This is the most important part of the Mass, and is called transubstantiation.
Confirmation — At Confirmation we receive the Holy Spirit. Another permanent mark is placed on our soul. The Sacrament of Confirmation gives us graces to go into the world and share God’s Truths with others. When we receive this sacrament we become adults in the Catholic faith.
The specific graces we receive in this sacrament are called the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These Gifts are: wisdom, un... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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