The last of our 4th grade lessons examines the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. We will review and come to a better understanding of each of the seven Sacraments and their role in living a life of grace.
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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 helps make us holy. Sacramental grace helps us act holy in 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 put on our soul. It stays there forever.
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, you must think about the sins you have committed. Second, you must be sorry for your sins. Third, you must not want to sin again. Fourth, you confess, or tell, a priest your sins. After you confess the priest will forgive you in Jesus’ name. Finally, you must do a penance to show you are sorry for your sins.
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 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.
Confirmation—At Confirmation we receive the Holy Spirit. Another mark goes on our soul and stays forever. 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.
Anointing of the Sick—This sacrament is for those who are sick or dying. The priest will rub oil on the forehead of the sick person. This sacrament is not meant to fix the sickness. Instead, the graces give the sick person strength to stay close to God in faith and hope.
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