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The Sacraments of the Catholic Church - The Seven Sacraments

The Catholic Church recognizes seven sacraments, instituted by Christ. Find out more about these outward signs of inward grace.
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Matrimony
Matrimony is another term for marriage and the proper term for the Sacrament of Marriage.

What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church?
Find a list of the seven sacraments and links to more information.

The Seven Sacraments
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

The Sacraments of Initiation
Learn more about the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—on which the rest of the Christian life depends.

The Sacrament of Baptism
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.

The Sacrament of Confession
What is Confession? What is its purpose and its effects? What are its requirements? Can we confess our sins directly to God, or must we go through a priest?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.

The Sacrament of Penance
The Sacrament of Penance is another name (rarely used today) for the Sacrament of Confession.

The Sacrament of Marriage
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?

Can I Get Married in the Catholic Church?
Marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. As such, it is a supernatural institution, as well as a natural one. The Church, therefore, restricts sacramental marriage to men and women who meet certain requirements.

Prayer of an Engaged Couple
This beautiful prayer can help an engaged couple get into the habit of praying together before their wedding day, as they ask for the graces to build their lives together and to welcome children into their marriage.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders
Learn about the history and practice of ordination, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, in the Catholic Church.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites.

The Sacrament of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Sick is a common name used for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Eucharist
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.

Last Rites
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Extreme Unction
Extreme Unction is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

What Are the Rules for Fasting Before Communion?
What are the current rules for fasting before Communion in the Catholic Church?

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