The Holy Sacraments
It is important that you know that
Sanctifying Grace is free to all who ask - it is a Gift From God
through His Son Jesus Christ. It is something you
cannot afford to be uncertain about. You cannot feel it
or experience it with any of the five senses.
A religious feeling does not indicate that presence of Sanctifying Grace in
the soul. Therefore, as Catholics, we believe that Jesus Christ
had to give us some signs to guide us in our acceptance of Grace. He
had to give us signs that we could see, feel, hear or experience
with some of the five senses.
Jesus Christ gave us seven such signs by which we could know that we are
receiving Grace. These signs are the seven Sacraments. Many
traditional Catholic Churches took certain views of the interpretation
of the Holy Scriptures (God's Word) and built certain doctrines within
After careful, in-depth study of God's Word and much prayer, we found
how we are to interpret the Holy Scripture and apply the teachings of
Jesus Christ our daily lives.
The Sacraments presented below are another
indication of how much God loves you and how interested He is in you.
After accepting Jesus Christ as your personal
Lord and Savoir, you will be "Baptized". In Baptism, you are immersed in water
which signifies the cleansing of the soul, washing all your sins away, allowing
the Sanctifying Grace to enter your soul.
Confirmation is an open statement made by
us which we confirm and accept that we take Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and
Savoir, and it further strengthens our commitment to be loyal followers of
Penance is a personal sacrament where you have
remorse for your past conduct and are absolved of your sins. It is voluntary
self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing in your life.
The Act of Penance is a direct, personal relationship between you and God,
through His Glorious Son, Jesus Christ. It is not a relationship between
you, your Priest, Jesus Christ and God.
In the Penance Sacrament, repentance, confession, satisfaction, and absolution
are present. You repent of your sins on the Name of Jesus Christ, you
are satisfied that on the Name of Jesus all your sins have been forgiven,
and through absolution... the loving assistance of a fellow Christian, a
Priest\Pastor, the Priest confirms that God has forgiven all of your
sins, and edifies and encourages to strengthen your Christian walk with God. In
our Church, it is not required to have the Priest forgive you of your sins.
Grace and Penance\Repentance are free. Once you have truly repented
in your heart of all of your past sins, God automatically forgives you - without
condition or additional requirements as some Churches preach. This is what
God's Word tells us.
In our Catholic Church, the Priest is there to assist you and encourage you in your
Christian walk, not hinder you and chastise you. The Priest is not authorized
by the Holy Scripture to deny you Penance. If you sin and are remorseful
and ask God, on the Name of Jesus Christ, to forgive and absolve you of your sin(s),
no matter how great they may be, God will forgive you of all your sins -
UNCONDITIONALLY! The Priest has to accept your Penance.
We sin everyday. We should always use the Sacrament of Penance everyday of
our lives to ask Our Lord for forgiveness. This is one of
the reasons God gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice... to redeem
us from Satan and Satan's sins. As part of this redemption process, God Gave us Penance.
The Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the Sacrament in which
Jesus Christ is really and physically present under the appearances of bread
Extreme Unction is an Anointing (or healing ritual)
as part of our religious ceremony. It gives strength to both the body and the soul
of the sick and dying.
Through Holy Orders, men and Women receive the
powers of the Catholic Priesthood.
Matrimony is the Sacrament made by Jesus Christ
to sanctify (make Holy) the lawful union between two Christians.
Many Churches prohibit Divorce based upon their
interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. A divorce issue is not between
the Christian couple, their Pastor\Priest, Their Church, and then God. It is only between
the Christian couple and God, through Jesus Christ, no matter
how one views divorce or interprets the Holy Scriptures. As in the
the matrimonial bed, a divorce issue is part of the Christian's direct
relationship between God and the two Christians involved and Blessed in the
Holy Name of Jesus Christ. As such,
a divorce issue can only be between the Christian couple and God, through Jesus
Christ. They do not need permission from their Church or Pastor\Priest for a
divorce, nor do they need to go through their Pastor\Priest to go to God. As
a Christian Body we are delegated with the responsibility
as Witnesses and Ambassadors of Jesus Christ to assist couples to maintain the
integrity and The Holiness of the matrimonial state, not interfere with it, nor interfere
with their Christian walk. However, if it is not possible to maintain this
matrimonial state, and the partners are unable to reconcile their differences,
God does not want two people staying together because the Church does not allow
divorce or the Church views divorce as "evil". On the contrary. The Holy
Scripture is clear on this - God does not want anyone destroying their moral
characters and their Christian walk because the Church says that they have to stay
married. For God to not allow divorce is a fallacy, a misinterpretation, and
a mockery of the Holy Scriptures. If partners can not reconcile their
differences, God does allow divorce. God does not and will not disown or
ex-communicate those who divorce. However, this is a Sacrament that is to be
based upon the circumstances of each couple involved.
FOR A DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THE HOLY SACRAMENTS WITH HOLY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES, PLEASE , CLICK HERE
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