The Sacraments

The Act of Consecration of Man is the centre of our sacramental life. In addition, there are six other sacraments that give renewal and direction to the natural course of our lives.

  • Baptism receives the child into the religious community, represented particularly by the godparents.
  • Confirmation takes place at the age of fourteen to strengthen and support a young person’s path into life.
  • Marriage blesses the decision of a couple to share community of life, supported by two chosen witnesses.
  • The Last Anointing, along with the burial ritual, helps the dying to free themselves from the body and move into body-free spiritual life.
  • Sacramental Consultation (by request and confidential) is an orientating conversation culminating in a sacramental reading.
  • Sacrament of Ordination. The sacraments are performed by the priest through the power conferred by the Sacrament of Ordination. In The Christian Community both men and women can be­come priests.

The sacraments are Christ’s way of speaking to us and of our joining in his deed at important junctures in our lives. Through them he nourishes and supports our earthly existence.

Literature

The Seven Sacraments in The Christian Community, Capel and Ravetz, Floris Books