The Sacrament of Baptism

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Sacrament is defined as: “a Christian rite that is believed to have been ordained by Christ and that is held to be a means of divine grace or to be a sign or symbol of a spiritual reality” (Merriam-Webster). Baptism is one of the Sacraments of Christianity that is recognized. It affirms that guilt will be removed as well as the effects of Original Sin. Those baptized will be united with the Church, which symbolizes the body of Christ here on earth. In Hebrew or Greek forms, baptism means to immerse in water. This sacrament is often thought of as the “door by which the believer enters the church and has the right to partake in the rest of the Sacraments” (Sacrament of Baptism). There are differences between the Orthodox, Roman …show more content…
The second sacrament is Chrismation which grants us the Holy Spirit. Holy Eucharist is also knows as communion and “is the sacrament in which one receives the resurrected body and blood of Jesus Christ” (Hopko). The sacrament known as “penance is [the] formal act of reconciliation with God in the Church when sin has severed us from the Church’s life” (Hopko). For the “love of a man and woman to be that which God has: perfectly created it to be, it must be unique, indestructible, unending and divine” (Hopko). This can be fulfilled by the sacrament of marriage. “The sacrament of holy orders in the Christian Church is the perpetual presence of Christ with his people” (Hopko). The sacrament of the Holy Unction “is the Church’s specific prayer for healing” the sick (Hopko).
The “Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, as well as Eastern Orthodox Churches all recognize” the same seven sacraments (The Seven Sacraments). Which include Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, matrimony, Holy Orders, and the unction of the sick. The sacraments involved in Christian initiation “include Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist” (The Seven Sacraments). There are two sacraments of healing. They are Penance and the unction of the sick. The “two sacraments of Vocation are Holy Orders and Marriage” (The Seven Sacraments). Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders are
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