Catholic Parish serving Rocky Mountain House, Evergreen, and Caroline
The seven sacraments were instituted by Jesus to give grace to mankind. The term “sacrament” is best defined as “an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace”. When we think about the definition, we break it into three parts:
An outward sign: Because we are humans, the Lord uses material symbols that we humans can understand and/or perceive. These are the “things” we use (water and oil, words, and gestures) to confer a sacrament.
Instituted by Christ: Jesus ‘created’ the seven sacraments by His actions during His life until death on the cross. When He ascended into heaven, that was the end to the creating of sacraments. We are not Jesus, so we can not create new sacraments.
To give grace: the essential purpose of every sacrament is to give grace.