Sacraments

“We are a people of God: Welcoming, Proclaiming, Celebrating and Serving One Another.”

Sacraments are Christ’s own gift that provides each of us with grace. Within this definition there are three important statements:

  • A visible sign
    An action is performed by a minister (usually a priest).
    For example, when a baby is baptized in the church the priest pours
    water over its head and at the same time says the words “I baptize
    you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
    That is a visible sign.
  • Instituted by Christ
    The Lord Jesus Christ instructed His church to offer the seven
    sacraments to His followers. For example, His directive to His
    disciples in Matthew’s Gospel, “Go then, to all peoples
    everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name
    of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey
    everything I have commanded you.”
  • To give grace
    Grace is God’s free gift of Himself as the controlling influence in
    our life and the decisions we make once we have committed ourselves
    to Him in faith

Here at St. Benedict’s we encourage God’s people to fully practice these sacraments weekly.