A-Z: General definitions: Sacrament
The outward sign, through a religious ceremony, of spiritual grace. Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Churches recognise seven sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Ordination, Marriage, Penance, Anointing of the Sick) but Protestants usually acknowledge only two: Holy Communion and Baptism.
1. Devout, involved in religious practice
2. Member of a religious order, a monk or nun.
1. Consisting of or relating to (the) spirit(s), rather than material or bodily form.
2. Relating to matters of the soul, faith, religion, or the supernatural.
3. A type of religious song whose roots are in the slave communities of North America.
Undeserved favour. The Bible uses this term to describe God's gifts to human beings.
1. Sometimes used to denote all Christians
2. Used specifically of the Roman Catholic church.
Also called the Eastern, Greek or Russian Church. Developed from the Church of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire.
The immersion in or pouring over of water, in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to signify the washing away of away of sin. Baptism in Christian churches marks the acceptance of the baptised child or adult into the church.
An act of remembrance in which Christians consume bread and wine in the way that Jesus demonstrated at the Last Supper before his betrayal and death.
A ceremony in which a bishop lays his hands on those who have previously been baptised and prays that God will give them power through the Holy Spirit to live as followers of Christ.
Christians whose faith and practice stems from the Reformation movement in the sixteenth century which resulted in new churches being created as an alternative to the Roman Catholic Church.
The central act of Christian worship in which bread and wine are consumed in the way that Jesus demonstrated at the Last Supper before his betrayal and death.