The Word Among Us

January 2012 Issue

A Sign for All to See

The Church As Sacrament

A Sign for All to See: The Church As Sacrament

We all know the seven sacraments of the church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. But did you know that there are two other sacraments? Did you also know that these two sacraments, while not part of the “official seven,” are the source for the seven sacraments and the entire reason why these seven sacraments exist in the first place?

These two sacraments are not liturgical acts, like Baptism or Confirmation. They aren’t “things” we do at all. One is an...

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