"Sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraph #1131
Jesus himself established the seven sacraments during his life on earth and entrusted them to the Church as a way for us to share in the life of God. The signs, symbols, and ritual words and actions the Church uses when celebrating the sacraments are the means by which we receive these gifts of God's life.
All Sacraments are an encounter with Christ, who is himself the original sacrament.
The Catholic Church groups the seven sacraments into three categories:
The Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
The Sacraments of Healing: Penance / Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
The Sacraments of Communion and Mission: Matrimony and Holy Orders
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