Revised Order Of The Sacraments Of Initiation

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Revised Order of the Sacraments of Initiation Bishop Álvaro Corrada said, “The sacraments draw humanity into the truth and love of God revealed in Christ, thereby disposing the faithful to live this love more deeply in their daily lives of Christian freedom and witness.” They serve to introduce us into the Catholic Church, increase our understanding of our religion, bestow upon us essential Christian virtues, and strengthen our faith. There are seven sacraments in total: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Marriage. The first three Sacraments listed are the Sacraments of Initiation. “The Sacraments of Christian Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist—lay the foundations of every Christian life…By means of these Sacraments of Christian Initiation, [we] thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.” (CCC Chapter 1, Article 2:1212) These sacraments represent our birth into the Church, the seal of our birth into the Church, and the reception of Jesus’ body. In the words of the Catholic Church, “The Christian is born anew by Baptism, strengthened by Confirmation, and receives in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.” (CCC Chapter 1, Article 2:1212) In the early Church, the three Sacraments of Initiation were practiced in one significant process. When the person reached a point of spiritual maturity (usually as an adult, contrary to today), he

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