In this 2nd Grade lesson, we learn of Sacramentals, which give us grace but in a very different way than the Sacraments.
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The word Sacramental sounds a lot like Sacrament, doesn’t it? Sacramentals are different from Sacraments, though. The Sacraments are the way that Jesus gives us grace. The Sacraments are Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. Sacraments are the way that Jesus gives us His Grace.
Sacramentals are holy things or holy actions that the Church gives us to help us with spiritual or bodily favors. A Sacramental is something that we can hold, hear, see or touch that helps us get help from God.
Sacramentals help us by reminding us of God. Sacraments give us grace directly, but Sacramentals give us grace indirectly, or in a more round about way. If you want a straight shot of grace, you go to the Sacraments, but if you can’t get the Sacraments and need help, your next best bet is through Sacramentals. Sacramentals help us receive actual grace, such as the forgiveness of little sins, blessings, and protection from evil spirits.
Sacramentals are a major part of our Faith. Every Catholic home is supposed to be a smaller model of the Church. In church, statues and pictures remind us that we are on holy ground. Our homes should remind us that we are Catholics, and by having Sacramentals in our homes, like statues, pictures, holy cards or crucifixes we help the grace of God to grow in our hearts.
Blessings, actions, objects, words, times and places can all be sacramentals. Most sacramentals are sacred actions, words, and objects, to which the Church gives a blessing or by which she teaches the people that they can obtain certain graces from God.
Some Sacramentals are things that you can hold, which include the rosary, the scapular, holy cards, holy candles, images of the Lord, crucifixes, statues, the Advent Wreath and holy medals. These special items are not only good things to have around, they are real vehicles to access Grace from God.
A Sacramental can also be the spoken word. Blessings by priests or bishops are also ways to receive grace, and thus are sacramentals, too. A blessing is when a priest calls down the favor of God on what he blesses. The Church shows how much she values the things of this world, which are God's gifts to us. When something is blessed it reminds us that everything we have should be used for the glory of God.
Sacramental actions are things that we do when we pray. Some of these are: kneeling, genuflecting, folding one's hands, making the sign of the cross, and bowing. The St... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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