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Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law There are seven Baptism Confirmation the Eucharist Penance the Annointing of the Sick Holy Orders and Matrimony The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life they give birth and increase healing and mission to the Christians life of faith There is thus a certain resemblance between he stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life CCC 1210 A In relation to the above quotation explain why the Sacraments of Marriage Annointing of the Sick and Holy orders are important to Catholics Part A Vatican 11 has defined the term sacrament as an effective or efficacious symbol which has its origins in Christs intention This means that each of the symbols actually brings about what it represents Jesus Christ is an example He is a symbol of Gods love for Christians However he is more than just a symbol of Gods love He is actually Gods love itself- God-made-man And thus it is with the seven sacraments Baptism Confirmation the Eucharist Penance the Annointing of the Sick Holy Orders and Matrimony- Gods love is made visible to Catholics The Sacraments are perceptible signs words and actions accessible to our human nature By the action of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit they make present efficaciously the grace that they signify CCC 1089 The sacraments are divided into three categories sacraments of initiation Baptism Confirmation and the Eucharist sacraments of vocation Marriage and Holy Orders and sacraments of healing Penance and Annointing of the Sick These categories allow for the gifts of the sacraments to touch Catholics during the key moments of their lives which occur from birth through childhood adolesence adulthood and death The common vocation or mission of all Christians as they reach a maturity and understanding of their faith through the initiation sacraments is to serve others
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