Question: What is the difference between the Sacraments and the sacramentals?
The difference between the Sacraments and the sacramentals is: 1st, The Sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ and the sacramentals were instituted by the Church; 2d, The Sacraments give grace of themselves when we place no obstacle in the way; the sacramentals excite in us pious dispositions, by means of which we may obtain grace.
This is Question 293 of the Baltimore Catechism, a work in the public domain.
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