The Sacramental Nature of the Church
The sacraments are what bring about our redemption. Starting with our Baptism, we receive the sacraments throughout our lives to obtain the grace we need to enter heaven. Jesus acts through the sacraments, directly granting us this grace. The sacraments seem like only physical words and actions on the surface, but Jesus is working through them each time they’re performed. When we carry out the sacraments, we use signs and symbols throughout the ceremonies. These allow us to represent and communicate the divine nature of God through the use of humanly objects. For example, the water in Baptism represents the cleansing of sins. Another example is the bread and wine in the Eucharist. During the Eucharist, these representations of Jesus’ body and blood actually become what they symbolize. The sacraments’ main purpose is to bless us, build up the Body of Christ, and give glory to God. Not only do they tell us how to practice our faith, but how to nourish and express it as well. The sacraments also allow us to experience Christ’s presence in our lives. They’re the actions of the Holy Spirit carried out by the Church.
Redemption Through the Sacraments