The sacraments instituted by Christ are not only badges or tokens of the profession of Christians but are also sure witnesses and effectual signs of God’s grace and good will towards us. Through them he works invisibly within us, both bringing to life and also strengthening and confirming our faith in him.
What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. God gives us the sign as a means whereby we receive that grace, and as a tangible assurance that we do in fact receive it.
Can you receive grace through the sacraments apart from faith?
No. Faith is necessary to receive grace, and obedience is necessary for grace to bear fruit.
What are the sacraments of the gospel?
The two sacraments ordained by Christ, which are generally necessary for our salvation, are Baptism and Holy Communion. Holy Communion is also called the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist (Thanksgiving), and the Mass
Are there other sacraments?
Other rites known to be sacraments include Confirmation, Confession and Absolution, Marriage, Ordination, and the Anointing of the Sick. These are sometimes called the Sacraments of the Church.
The Western Christian tradition has seen Christian initiation as a process that begins with baptism, proceeds through confirmation, and is completed in Holy Communion (participation in the Eucharist and First Communion). ~the Rev’d Dr Paul Avis~