What are the symbols of the 7 sacraments
I’m unsure if you’re referring to the matter/form of the seven sacraments or their effects. Briefly these are:
Water, words of baptism, anointing with oil.
Effect: Becoming a member of the Church (Christian Initiation); also being forgiven of one’s sins.
Laying on of hands, words of confirmation, anointing with oil.
Effect: Being strengthened by the Holy Spirit; being confirmed in the fullness of the Christian faith.
Bread, wine, words of consecration.
Effect: Being spiritually nourished by Christ’s Body and Blood; being united with Christ and other believers.
Confession of sins, words of absolution.
Effect: Being forgiven of one’s sins; being reconciled to God, the Church, and other people
Anointing of Sick
Laying on of hands, anointing with oil, words of blessing.
Effect: Being strengthened in time of illness.
Exchange of vows and rings.
Effect: Being united (one flesh) in God’s eyes; becoming a publicly and legally recognized couple.
Laying on of hands, anointing with oil, prayer of consecration, giving of instruments.
Effect: Becoming a member of the ordained clergy, the Church’s official leadership.
Funny, my Catholic schools always taught me that felt banners were the ultimate symbols of the sacraments. All of them. Oh, and we mustn’t forget a good collage.
I do not know if to laugh or to cry. :o
I’ve probably done equal shares of both.
Indeed, and carried in procession before Solemn High Mass.
Ha good point, although these were banners of an entirely different nature.
But now that we know better, we can help to ensure that others do not become confused and conflate banners and collages with outward signs, instituted by Christ to give grace.
Three cheers for the Baltimore Catechism and the new evangelization!
Baltimore Catechism No. 3 - Lesson 13
LESSON THIRTEENTH: On the Sacraments in General
Q. 574. What is a Sacrament?
A. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.
Q. 575. Are these three things, namely: An outward or visible sign, the institution of that sign by Christ, and the giving of grace through the use of that sign, always necessary for the existence of a Sacrament?
A. These three things, namely: 1.An outward or visible sign, the institution of that sign by Christ, and the giving of grace through the use of that sign, are always necessary for the existence of a Sacrament, and if any of the three be wanting there can be no Sacrament.