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The Sacraments

In The Episcopal Church sacraments are very important.  Our Book of Common Prayer describes them this way: “The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” (page 857)

We understand this to mean that symbols of bread, wine and water, for example, are the means we have to experience God’s presence, God’s truth with us and in us.  We may not be able to articulate how this happens, how we are transformed by them, but we feel God’s presence as we receive these elements.

The two great sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist (also called Holy Communion).

Other sacraments are confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation of a penitent (forgiveness after confession), and unction (anointing of the sick for the healing of mind body and spirit)


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