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Sacrament- an outward sign given by Jesus in which we receive his spirit and are helped to be more like him.

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Essay Question Sacrament- an outward sign given by Jesus in which we receive his spirit and are helped to be more like him. Initiation- introduction. In Roman Catholic tradition it is in our first three sacraments in which our journey in faith begins. These three Sacraments of Initiation being: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation are the three stages of membership of the Christian tradition and more importantly the Catholic tradition. It is through these three sacraments that our Christian initiation is completed and we are called to bring Christ and his message into the world. Baptism- belonging. We receive our first Sacrament of Initiation shortly after we are born (Roman Catholic tradition). This is the Sacrament of Baptism. This is where parents make the promises for the child; and in the presence of and with the support of the community, they promise to bring up the child in the Christian faith. This sacrament has always been considered a normal and necessary way of initiating a person into the life of Christ. In the ceremony of Baptism a person becomes an official member of the Church. ...read more.

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ALTAR- Our Father is said and additional blessing is said for child, parents and Godparents. THIS IS THE END OF THE BAPTISMAL CEREMONY. Eucharist- thanksgiving. The second sacrament received in Roman Catholic tradition is the Sacrament of Eucharist (Holy Communion, Mass). When we receive Holy Communion we believe that we are united in a most intimate way to the person of Jesus, and through him, to each other. Sharing emphasises the Christian fellowship of all who believe in Jesus Christ. This is the most sacred sacrament; we believe that the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins is represented in the sacrament. During the Sacrament of Eucharist, Christians recall the Last Supper, which is highly significant to us, as it has been observed as the central act of Christian worship since it occurred. At the Last Supper Jesus transformed the meaning of the Passover meal by identifying the bread and wine with his own body and blood. As a faith community we gather in love and devotion to God. Holy Communion is our 'spiritual nourishment'. In the Roman Catholic tradition we can receive the Sacrament of Eucharist everyday. ...read more.

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Through the Holy Spirit the candidates receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, Wonder and Awe in God's presence). THE PRESENTATION OF THE CANDIDATE: The candidates are brought to the bishop by their sponsor, who represent the community, which rejoices, as there is another entrant into the Church. ANOINTING WITH CHRISM: This is also the oil used at Baptism and the Rite of Ordination. This is a sign of God's special calling to the candidate. It symbolises the giving of strength to fulfil this call -the candidate has been called and set apart to continue the work of Jesus. Personally, I feel that as a member of the church, I have a special relationship with God and I have met God in different ways in each of these sacraments. My understanding and appreciation of the significance of the Sacraments of Initiation have and will continue to deepen as I reflect on my response to the presence of God in my life and to my membership in God's family. I feel that through the receiving of the Sacraments of Initiation I have become an active member of the Church and that I can understand God better and from this I can live my life in the image and likeness of God. ...read more.

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