ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Sacraments of Initiation & The Eucharist

Sacraments of Initiation & The Eucharist

Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism is the first of the seven Catholic Sacraments and Confirmation is the second.

Baptism

baptismBaptism is the initiation ceremony for Catholics and the first step in their fully committing to the faith and accepting the will of God. Baptism involves a church service at which a priest anoints an infant with holy water and blesses the child. The child’s parents and godparents make a commitment to bring the child up as a Catholic. Adults, particularly converts, can also be baptised.

Confirmation

Catholics are usually confirmed when they are at the threshold of adulthood and so can make an informed decision about their faith. The ceremony takes place in church, often involves a group of initiates and is usually conducted by a bishop. After confirmation, a believer is fully accepted into the Catholic faith and can take part in the Eucharist rite.

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The Eucharist

last superThe Eucharist is one of the Catholic sacraments and is based on the Last Supper, the final meal Jesus ate with his disciples before he was crucified. It is also called Mass and Catholics celebrate it by eating a wafer of bread and drinking some wine. This becomes the flesh and blood of Jesus in a process call Transubstantiation. This rite recognises that Jesus died for our sins, and salvation is only obtainable by following him.

Only a priest or a bishop can conduct the Eucharist rite and only Catholics who have been confirmed can take part in the ceremony.