Date today: 12.12.2017  |  Name days: Otīlija, Iveta

Sacraments

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. the seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.

As she has done for the canon of Sacred Scripture and for the doctrine of the faith, the Church, by the power of the Spirit who guides her "into all truth" (John 16:13), has gradually recognized this treasure received from Christ and, as the faithful steward of God's mysteries, has determined its "dispensation." Thus the Church has discerned over the centuries that among liturgical celebrations there are seven that are, in the strict sense of the term, sacraments instituted by the Lord.

The sacraments are "of the Church" in the double sense that they are "by her" and "for her." They are "by the Church," for she is the sacrament of Christ's action at work in her through the mission of the Holy Spirit. They are "for the Church" in the sense that "the sacraments make the Church," since they manifest and communicate to men, above all in the Eucharist, the mystery of communion with the God who is love, One in three persons.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1210, 1117-1118


More information about each sacrament is available in Latvian.

THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION:

   Sacrament of Baptism

   Sacrament of Confirmation

   Sacrament of the Eucharist

THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING:

    Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

    Anointing of the Sick

THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION:

    Sacrament of Holy Orders

    Sacrament of Matrimony