The Seven Sacraments of Catholicism
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A sacrament in the Catholic Church is a rite Catholics believe was established by Jesus Christ. The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church are its most sacred and ancient rites of worship. Receiving a sacrament brings grace to everyone who participates in the ritual.
The sacraments fall into three categories:
Sacraments of Initiation
Through Baptism, people enter (are initiated into) the Catholic Church.
Through Confirmation, they’re considered personally responsible for their faith.
The Byzantine (Eastern) Catholic Church administers all three Sacraments of Initiation at infancy. The Latin (Western) Catholic Church separates the three sacraments: Normally, infants are baptized, children receive Holy Eucharist at the age of reason (around 7 years of age), and adolescents or young adults are confirmed anywhere from 7 to 18 years old, but most Catholics are confirmed at around 14 years old.
Sacraments of Community
Through the sacrament of Matrimony a couple is made part of their Catholic community.
By receiving Holy Orders, a Catholic man becomes a ministering spiritual leader to the community.
Sacraments of Mercy