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: Daf, Confirmatiouns, der Eucharistie, Beicht, meeschtens zwou, Orders, an der Anointing vun der Krank-.

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, for example, 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 (gesinn Gudder Noriicht vum John, 3:5, an der Akten vum Liewegkeet, 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 (erëm, gesinn John 3:5; 9:7; Akten vum Liewegkeet, 8:37; Paul’s Bréif un Titus 3:5; or Peter’s éischte Bréif 3:20 – 21); as well as oil (gesinn de Gudder Noriicht vum Mark 6:13, or the Bréif vum James 5:14); clay (gesinn John 9:6); garments (Mark 5:25 oder Luke 8:43); and even handkerchiefs (gesinn de Akten vum Liewegkeet 19:11-12).

God’s grace is transmitted through other sensible things, ze, such as Mary’s voice and Peter’s shadow (gesinn de Gudder Noriicht vum Luke 1:41, 44, an der Akten vum Liewegkeet 5:15, respectively).