“Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life (CCC 1210).”
The Catholic Church recognizes 7 sacraments:
- Penance & Reconciliation
- Holy Orders
- Anointing of the Sick
By active participation in the sacraments, Catholics strengthen their unity with the Church, the Body of Christ.