The Sacramental Nature of the Church 


By: Ramsey



Definiton of a Sacrament  

A sacrament is a religious ceremony or act of the Christian Church that is regarded as an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual divine grace. Divine is basically like God or a form of God. Some of the sacraments are baptism, confirmation, penance, anointing of the sick, ordination, and matrimony. Completing these sacraments will get you closer to God.


The Eastern Church

The Eastern church uses the word “mystery” for sacraments because it represents the mysterious works of the Holy Spirit. The Eastern church uses different words for there sacraments. We we get confirmed, we call it Confirmation, but they call it Chrismation.

Sacraments confer the grace they signify because Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies.   

  1. Sanctifying grace in itself possesses the power to effect the destruction of sin and the interior sanctification of the soul to be justified. For since sin and grace are diametrically opposed to each other, the mere advent of grace is sufficient to drive sin away.

  2. Sacramental Grace is the the grace conferred by the valid and fruitful reception of the sacraments. Sacramental grace can be received in all seven sacraments which are Baptism, Eucharist , Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the sick, Marriage, And Holy orders.

The Grace the sacraments signfy 

The sacramental economy, is the communication of the fruits of Christ's Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church's sacramental liturgy.


Chapter 2 

Jesus is present with use every day

Jesus is with use everyday, that's why he is considered the living, ever present sacrament of God. Christ is always present in the Church. Jesus is present at mass in the Eucharist and the priest. Christ is present when his readings are read at mass.


The church is the sacrament of salvation. 

The Church is the sacrament of salvation, the church shows us the relationship we have with God. We can see Christ’s saving grace in everything. The holy spirit was chosen by Christ, so it is Christ who pours out the spirit. The spirit nourishes, heals, and give life to those that receive the spirit. Christ gives his holy and free from sin Spirit through the the church sacraments. The church is the sacrament of the trinity’s communion with us.

Chapter 3 Sacraments 

Jesus in the sacraments

Since Jesus Christ is in the sacraments, it his him who gives us redemption for the things we do. Jesus Christ is who mediates the sacraments to allow grace to flow to mankind. Christ who acts in the sacraments through the Holy Spirit for the Church. The saving mission entrusted by the Father to his incarnate Son was committed to the apostles and through them to their successors: they receive the Spirit of Jesus to act in his name and in his person.


Sacraments are signs

Sacraments are signs. Therefore a sacrament is a sign that commemorates what precedes it - Christ's Passion; demonstrates what is accomplished in us through Christ's Passion - grace; and prefigures what that Passion pledges to us - future glory. There are sacraments that are meant for healing and sanctifying people. The Anointing of the sick helps heal people. The sanctifying sacraments are like Reconciliation. They help you get closer to Jesus. Jesus Christ is always present in our lives, no matter what we are doing. Jesus is even more present in the sacraments. Jesus has showed us he is present in our lives by performing miracles, and appearing to people in their dreams.


The Church at Prayer 

The church is always at prayer, The church is always open for people to come in and pray. You can pray individual and or in groups. When Mass is being held at church that is considered one big prayer service as a community.


What is a prayer? What types of prayers are there? 

A prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. There are many ways to pray, you can pray by yourself, with a group, or with a priest. There is a ton of different types of prayer, for example, Prayer of Thanksgiving, Supplication, Intercessory Prayer, Imprecatory Prayer, Public Prayer, Private Prayer, Worship, Prayer of Consecration, and Prayer of Faith.  Praying is essential for a good catholic.  Prayer a key part of building a deeper and abiding relationship with God. When we read the Bible, God speaks to us. When we pray, we speak to God.


Liturgical and Personal Prayer

Liturgical Prayer is public prayer that follows prescribed ritual formulas. Liturgical prayer is prayer for the salvation of the world. public prayer includes not only prescribed texts, but also gestures, garments, symbols and materials such as bread and wine, candles, ashes, palms, oils and other symbolic elements. For Catholics, liturgical prayer includes the Scriptures, the seven Sacraments (especially the Eucharist), the Divine Office, and prescribed prayers. Personal Prayer is the opposite of public prayer. Personal prayer is praying to God individually and usually praying by yourself you will be more personal with God.


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