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date: 24 June 2019

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Divided into two parts, this essay first considers the seven sacraments as encounters with grace mediated by visible signs. But rather than focusing on a general account of sacrament and moving to specific examples, the essay begins with different forms of sacramental act. All sacramentality originates in Christ’s union of the human and the divine, and in the intimate link between Christ’s person and the life of the Church. The sacraments are divided into three groups: sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist); sacraments of healing (anointing the sick and reconciliation); and sacraments in the service of communion (holy orders and marriage). The second half of the chapter concerns ‘sacramentology’, ways in which sacraments have been described in general terms.

Keywords: Christ, Church, sign, baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, anointing, reconciliation, holy orders, marriage

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