Seekers Class – Anglican Essentials
The Episcopal Church Has Two Sacraments and Five Sacramental Rites
3. Holy Matrimony
4. Reconciliation of the Penitent
A Sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
Three elements make up a sacrament
2. Symbolic Reality or Mystery
Thomas Aquinas originally set up the 7 as sacraments. To him, they all were instituted by Christ. The 39 Articles changed the number down to two, as necessary for all Christians.
Baptism- The full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.
Eucharist- Meaning “Thanksgiving”—It is the supreme act of Christian worship and the central act of our liturgy.
Confirmation- A mature expression of our commitment to Christ. It calls and equips us for ministry.
Ordination- The authority and grace given by God to certain leaders of the church. We are all a priesthood of believers.
Matrimony- Makes vows before God and the Church and receives a blessing from the priest or bishop. It’s for mutual joy, help and comfort, and for kids (God willing).
Reconciliation of the Penitent- Confessing sins in the presence of a priest. It’s the continuing forgiveness of God’s will for us and the gift of renewal.
Unction- The healing of body mind and spirit by oil or laying on of hands.