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exactly what is a sacrament and what does the purpose serve?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:15 PM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • This may help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacrament
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:06 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • A sacrament is basically a saving act by Christ. It is where you receive His grace. The first sacrament is Baptism where we are born again in water and the Holy Spirit. In an infant the parents and Godparents take responsibility for the child's spirituality until the time when they can take responsibility themselves (normally at time of confirmation... another sacrament). The next would be the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy communion. These are outward signs of our love of Christ and that we are truly living in Christ. That is the best I can explain it. I know that a couple of other moms on here will explain it better. There are 7 sacraments. Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick.

    anime_mom619

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:42 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • The definition I learned as a child: A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. It's the idea that Christ through His death and resurrection won salvation for all of us. The sacraments are a way in which that saving grace Christ won for us is applied to individuals.


    Here's a good basic article about it: "Catholic Sacraments: A Primer"

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:14 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Question for the other posters: What was the sign of grace that was given to the thief on the cross?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Question for the other posters: What was the sign of grace that was given to the thief on the cross?


    Paradise in the verse (Lk 23:43) about the thief on the cross (if interpreted literally) is not referring to heaven.  It couldn't since Jesus was not yet in heaven on that day ("today . . ."). He was crucified on Friday and didn't rise from the dead until Sunday. In fact, He didn't ascend to heaven until forty days after that (Acts 1:3,9-11; cf. Jn 20:17). 

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:28 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Between His death and resurrection, Jesus decended into Sheol/Hades/the place of the dead to preach to the captives (the righteous dead). We know this from 1 Pet. 3:19-20; 4:6; Eph. 4:8-10, Rom. 10:7 and Acts 2:27. So, then, Paradise in Lk 23:43 is referring to Sheol, not heaven. So the thief went where all the righteous souls went before Christ opened the gates to heaven. He wsa provided with the same grace as all the OT righetous souls.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:29 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • So what was the sign of that grace?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:24 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • So what was the sign of that grace?


    The sacraments are more than just a symbol/sign of grace - they are how the grace that Christ won for us all are applied to the individuals.  The actually do something.  Christ left us with the sacraments as a means for us to individually receive the grace He won for everyone!  So that grace was won for those righteous souls who died before His death and resurrection.  The "good theif" went with Christ to Shoeol where other righteous souls were there.  When He was there Christ preached to them and they received the grace He won for us all.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:11 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

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