La Sakramentoj

As the name implies, the Sacraments are sacred rites instituted in the Church by Jesus. Properly speaking, there are seven Sacraments in the Catholic faith: Bapto, Konfirmo, la Eucharist, Konfeso, Matrimony, Orders, kaj la Sanktoleanta de la Malsana.

Image of The Seven Sacraments by Rogier Van Der Weyden

Through the Sacraments believers receive God’s grace through material things like water, bread, wine and oil.

The Sacraments may be understood as outward signs that convey the grace they signify. Water, ekzemple, signifies cleanliness and life. By the grace of God, the waters of Baptism actually cleanse the soul of sin and fill it with divine life (vidu Evangelio de Johano, 3:5, kaj la Agoj de la Apostoloj, 2:38). The Sacraments are patterned after the Incarnation, in which God, a spiritual being, took on human fleshand the invisible one became visible.

The idea of grace being transferred through material things is a Biblical concept.

In the New Testament alone, we see water used in this way (denove, vidu John 3:5; 9:7; Agoj de la Apostoloj, 8:37; Paŭlo Letero al Tito 3:5; or Peter’s unua Letero 3:20 – 21); as well as oil (vidi la Evangelio laŭ Marko 6:13, or the Letero de Jakobo 5:14); clay (vidu John 9:6); garments (Marko 5:25 aŭ Luko 8:43); and even handkerchiefs (vidi la Agoj de la Apostoloj 19:11-12).

God’s grace is transmitted through other sensible things, tro, such as Mary’s voice and Peter’s shadow (vidi la Evangelio laŭ Luko 1:41, 44, kaj la Agoj de la Apostoloj 5:15, respectively).