Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

Orlem, Malad West, Mumbai 400 064

Parish Office Timings: 

Monday to Friday  :  09.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. &  04.30 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.

Saturday : 09.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. & 04.30 p.m. to 06.30 p.m.

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SACRAMENTS

CCC 1116: Sacraments are “powers that come forth” from the Body of Christ, which is ever living and life giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are “the masterworks of God” in the new and everlasting covenant.

A Sacrament is an outward sign of receiving the grace of God. Instituted by Christ himself, the seven Sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of a Christian’s spiritual life.

The font from which all Sacraments draw their power is the paschal mystery : the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The Sacraments sanctify the Body of Christ : the Church; giving birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. (see also Vat II : SC 59 and 61)

We learn about the world through our senses. The Sacramental signs are perceptible to our human senses : sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. We are spoken to, washed, anointed, embraced, and fed. God uses the natural world to reveal His divine purpose.

The Seven Sacraments of the Church and guidelines to be noted are as follows:

Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and makes us his children. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptism becomes our commitment to grow in this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.

CCC 1422 on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: “Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example and by prayer labors for their conversion.” 

CCC 1322 - The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism, and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation, participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

The Church teaches that baptism is just the beginning, and that Confirmation is needed “for the completion of baptismal grace” (CCC, 1285). Therefore, Confirmation is linked to our baptism. It binds us more perfectly to the Church by special strength of the Spirit of the Lord. It is through the sacrament of Confirmation that the gifts we received in baptism are released in our lives. It is the sacrament of Confirmation that unleashes the power of the Holy Spirit that we received at our baptism.

CCC 1601 : “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”

CCC 1534- Two sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.

CCC 1499- “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”

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