Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation, The Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Marriage.
The seven sacraments touch all the important moments of Christian Life. The sacraments give birth and increase healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. Therefore, there is a resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of spiritual life.
The Sacraments of Christian Initiation are Baptism, the Eucharist, and Confirmation. They lay the foundations for every Christian’s life of faith.
The Sacraments of Healing are Penance and Reconciliation, and the Anointing of the Sick. These sacraments reconcile us with God and Church when we confess our sins and provide grace and healing when faced with illnesses, suffering and death.
The Sacraments at the Service of Communion are Holy Orders and Matrimony. These sacraments are directed towards the salvation of others. If they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1210-1212, 1420-1422, 1533-1535
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