Sacraments lay the foundation of our Christian lives, celebrate the healing power of Jesus and help us serve the community. But moreover, the sacraments are a sign of Jesus’ presence in our lives, and in celebrating the sacraments we receive his grace.
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” —Acts 2:38
Sacraments of Initiation
In Baptism, we are born into new life in Christ. Symbolized by the pouring of water, Baptism removes the stain of original sin, gives us a new birth in the Holy Spirit and is received only once. Discover more.
In the Eucharist, our faith lives are nourished. Symbolized by bread and wine, we are nourished by the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Discover more.
In Confirmation, our faith lives with Jesus are sealed. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once and is symbolized by the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. Discover more.
Sacraments of Healing
In Reconciliation we receive Jesus’ healing grace. Symbolized by the confession of sins and granting of absolution by a priest, we are granted God’s forgiveness through Reconciliation. Discover more.
In Anointing of the Sick, a sick person’s suffering is united with Jesus’ suffering. Symbolized by anointing with oil and the laying on of hands, through Anointing of the Sick sins are forgiven. Discover more.
Sacraments at the Service of Communion
In Matrimony, a man and woman are united as a sign of Jesus’ unity with his church. Symbolized by the couple, their promise and the wedding rings, two become one in Matrimony. Discover more.
In Holy Orders, men are ordained Priests, Deacons and Bishops. Symbolized by laying on of hands and anointing with oil, in Holy Orders spiritual leaders are born, the work of the Apostles is continued and we are reminded of Jesus’ teaching to care for others.
Are you called? Please visit the Arhdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Vocations to learn more.