26. The sacraments
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  1. The sacraments

    The sacraments are sensible signs instituted by Jesus Christ to bring us grace.

    A sensible sign is a thing which can be perceived by our senses and hide a meaning. Example: If we see a column of smoke, this means that a fire is below. The sign of a sacrament is very important. It is the tool used by God to roduce and give us grace.

   The sacraments are seven:

   First, Baptism, from which we born to a life of grace.
   Second, Confirmation, which strengthen in the Christian path.
   Third,Confession, which returned us grace if we commit sin.

   Fourth, Holy Communion, which feeds our soul.
   Fifth, the Anointing of the Sick, which prepare us for a holy death.
   Sixth,Holy Orders, which bring new ministers to the Chuch.
   Seventh, Marriage, wich bring new sons.

  A. Answer with a word

 The sacraments are (.....................) signs which bring us grace.

 They were instituted by (....................)

 The smoke (....................) the fire.

 The sacrament (.....................) grace.

 We born to a life of grace with the (...................)

 It retuns back grace: (..................)

 The (...................) prepare us for a holy death.

 By the (....................) new children are born.


  2. Effects of the sacraments

   When the sacraments are received in an apropriate mood they produce the following effects:

   - Sanctifying grace. Baptism and Confession erase our sins and give us grace. The other five sacraments( Confirmation, Communion, Anointing of the Sick, Holy orders and Marriage) increase the grace and if they are received in mortal sin sacrilege is commited, because this is a bad use of a holy thing.

   - Sacramental Grace is an special help to fulfil the responsabilities of each commandment.

   - Character. Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders impress character, an indelible mark. These sacraments can only be received once.

   A sacrament is formed by material, shape, ministry and subject.

   - Material is the element used or the action done to express the grace of the sacrament. In the Baptism is water, in the Communion bread and wine, etc.

   - Shape refers to the words pronounced when the sacrament is given.

   - The ministry is the person who administer the sacrament with the intentions of the Chuch.

   - The subject is the one who receives the sacrament.

  B. Choose the right answer

 Baptism and Confession give us (...................) grace.

 The (....................) grace is an special help. es una ayuda especial.

 If we receive (.....................) in mortal sin we commit sacrilege.

 The (....................) erase sins.

 The (..................) increases grace.

 The (.....................) impress character.

 The (....................) are the words pronounced.

 The person who administer the sacrament is the (.................)

  3. Questions from the catechism

1. What is a sacrament?  A sacrament is a sensible sign instituted by Jesus Christ to bring us grace.

2. How many are the sacraments?  The sacraments are seven:

   First, Baptism.
   Second, Confirmation
   Third, Confession.
   Fourth, Holy Communion.
   Fifth, the Anointing of the Sick.
   Sixth, Holy Orders; y
   Seventh, Marriage.

3. Do sacraments always give grace?  Sacraments always give grace if they are received being spiritually prepared.

4. What sin is commited when we received a sacrament without being spiritually prepared?  Those who received a sacrament without being spiritually prepared commited a mortal sin of sacrilege.

5. What sacraments are given only one time?  The Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders are given only one time, because they impress an indeleble sign which is called sacramental character.

  CC. Choose the right answer. You can find the options below: 

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS

 1. What is a sacrament?
 
 2. How many are the sacraments?
 
 3. Do sacraments give grace?
 
 4. What sin is commited by those who receive a sacrament without being spiritually prepared?
 
 5. What sacraments are received only one time?
 

 ANSWERS

 A

 They are seven: First, Baptism.
   Second, Confirmation
   Third, Confession.
   Fourth, Holy Communion.
   Fifth, the Anointing of the Sick.
   Sixth, Holy Orders; y
   Seventh, Marriage.

 B

 A mortal sin of sacrilege.

 C

 A sensible sign instituted by God to give us grace.

 D

  The Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders are given only one time, because they impress an indeleble sign which is called sacramental character.

 E

 Yes, if they are received being spiritually prepared.

  Intentions for a Christian life

- To thank God for the sacraments.

- To receive frequently Confession and Communion.





 

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