"Sacraments and Ministries"A sacrament involves the use of material things as a sign and pledge of God's grace and as a means by which we receive his gifts. The two parts of a sacrament are the outward and visible sign, and the inward and spiritual grace. Jesus Christ, in the Gospel, appointed for his Church. Two sacraments are needed by all Christians for the fullness of life. They are Baptism and Holy Communion.
It is required that persons to be baptized should turn from sin, exclusively embrace the Christian Faith, give themselves to Christ and be his servants. Infants are baptized, because, though they are not yet old enough to make promises to God for themselves, others, i.e. their parents and Godparents, making the promises for them, can claim their adoption as children of God.
Besides these two sacraments, the Historic Christian Tradition also practices ministries of grace. Although these rites were not directly instituted by Jesus Christ, they are recognized as being ecclesiastical customs, which do not contradict the Holy Scriptures, and are practiced for the good of the Church and her members.
Confirmation is also a rite where baptized Christians who are usually 14 years and older are admitted as communicant members (regularly receiving Holy Communion) of the Historic Christian Tradition.
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