"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.

Sacrament Outward Sign Inward Grace
Baptism Water Union with Christ in his death and resurrection, the forgiveness of sins, and a new birth in God's family, the Church.
Holy Communion Bread and Wine Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the benefit of our union with Christ and his Church, the forgiveness of sins, and the nourishing of our whole being for eternal life.

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.

Ministry Outward Sign Inward Grace
Confirmation Laying on of hands The Holy Spirit is received to complete what he began in Baptism and to give strength for the Christian life.
Absolution The minister declares forgiveness of God on the repentant sinner Receiving God's forgiveness for sins through confession and resolution to make amends according to his law.
Ordination Laying of hands upon the candidate for Holy Orders of becoming deacon, presbyter, or bishop Receiving God's grace and authority to be ministers of God in his Church.
Holy Matrimony Vows and rings Seeking God's grace and blessings to fulfill marriage vows as the man and woman enter into a life-long relationship.
Holy Unction Laying on of hands and anointing with oil Receiving God's grace for the healing of spirit, mind, and body, in response to faith and prayer.

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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