The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. Sacraments are important in our Christian lives, but why are they so important? Throughout history, God has chosen unique ways to love us and to show us that love. We need to feel and experience that love in concrete, visible ways. Sacraments are visible, concrete signs of God’s loving relationship with us and his empowerment in transforming our lives.
Through the sacraments, we receive grace which is a gratuitous gift, an expression of God’s love for us, a share in the very life of God. Through grace, God moves us to turn toward him and away from sin. He enables us to accept forgiveness and empowers us to live new and holy lives.
There are seven (7) sacraments in the Church:
- Anointing of the Sick
- Eucharist (First Holy Communion)
- Holy Orders
The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men and women, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God.