When Saint Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians he said that they should consider him (and the other apostles) “servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor 4:1). When the word mystery was translated from Greek into Latin, it was normally translated as sacramentum; thus the sacraments are the mysteries of Christianity.
A sacrament is what brings the life of God into the life of a human. As important as faith is (and it is essential), God doesn’t merely want us to believe and trust in Him, rather He wants to live inside of us: “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Through faith, hope and love, together with the sacraments, we as Christians not only trust God, but we live in Him and He in us (John 15:1-11, John 6:56, Romans 6:3-4, 2 Cor. 4:10-12, etc.)
Jesus gives his followers 7 sacraments which bring his presence and life into ours, and which draw us into the great mystery of the life of God; these 7 are listed below.
The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “Sacraments of Initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ.
“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” – James 5:14-15
Parish sacramental registers are a valuable asset to the individual, the parish and the Church. They are attended to carefully and preserved diligently. Canon Law, the law of the Church that governs the administration of parishes, requires pastors to maintain sacramental records. Parishes maintain five types of sacramental records: Baptismal, First Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, and Death records.Learn More