Know Your Faith-Week 9: Sacraments


Week 9

Week 9: Sacraments

  1. What is grace?


  1. What are the Sacraments of Initiation? Give a short definition of each.
Sacrament Definition
  1. What are the Sacraments of Healing? Give a short definition of each.
Sacrament Definition

4.   What are the Sacraments at the Service of Communion? Give a short definition of each.

Sacrament Definition



  1. Grace: Grace is a favor, the free and undeserved help God gives to respond to His call. It is participation in the life of God. (kinds of grace: 1. Habitual Grace: This sanctifying grace is the permanent and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God and act by God’s love. 2. Actual Grace:This is God’s intervention, at the beginning of conversion and in the work of sanctification)

“You are a child of grace. If God gave you grace, because He gave it freely, then you should love freely. Do not love God for the sake of reward; let God be your reward.” St. Augustine

  1. Sacraments of initiation:

Baptism: Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit; original sin forgiven.


Confirmation: strengthens the grace of Baptism


Eucharist: Source and summit of Christian life

Dig deeper: Saint Peter the Apostle




3.Sacraments of Healing

Reconciliation: receive God’s forgiveness for sins we have committed after Baptism

Anointing of the sick: The grace of this sacrament strengthens our faith and trust in God when we are seriously ill, weakened by old age, or dying.

Dig deeper: Saint Peter the Apostle


Anointing of the sick


  1. Sacraments at the Service of Communion

Holy Orders: baptized men are consecrated as bishops, priests, or deacons to serve the Church in the name and person of Christ.

Matrimony: Baptized man and baptized woman dedicate their lives to the church and to one another in a lifelong bond of faithful life-giving love; receive the grace to be a living sign of Christ’s love for the Church.

Dig deeper: Saint Peter the Apostle

Holy Orders



special fact:

The ordained priest is said to act

in persona Christi

Pope Benedict XVI in his General Audience on April 14, 2010 speaks to this mystery:

“Therefore the priest, who acts in persona Christi Capitis and representing the Lord, never acts in the name of someone who is absent but, rather, in the very Person of the Risen Christ, who makes himself present with his truly effective action. He really acts today and brings about what the priest would be incapable of: the consecration of the wine and the bread so that they may really be the Lord’s presence, the absolution of sins.”

(referenced here)

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