- LIFE EVENTS -
Baptism is a sign of the faith we profess and a mark that differentiates Christian persons from those who are not united to Christ; and it is also a sign of regeneration or new birth by which, as an instrument, those who receive baptism rightly are grafted into the Church, the promises of forgiveness of sin and of our adoption to be the sons of God are visibly signified and sealed, and faith is confirmed and grace increased by virtue of prayer to God.
The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves for each other, but is especially a Sacrament of our redemption by Christ's death. Accordingly, for those who rightly, worthily and with faith receive it the bread that is broken is a partaking of the body of Christ and the cup of blessing is a partaking of the blood of Christ.
Confirmation is a significant event in the spiritual life of a person making a public reaffirmation of his or her baptismal vows. It is a time of empowerment and commissioning, when one receives the apostolic laying-on-of-hands. Candidates for confirmation must be properly instructed in the Christian faith and life, repentant of their sins, and duly prepared to make a mature, public commitment to following Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
When we repent and surrender our lives to Jesus Christ God saves us. He grants us reconciliation with Him. There may still be times in our Christian lives, however, that we may find additional comfort in going to a priest for guidance and assurance of our forgiveness. After confession of sin and repenting the Priest will declare us forgiven by the authority given to him by God. This is know as absolution.
Through prayer and anointing with oil, the minister invokes God's blessing upon those suffering in body, mind or spirit. As God wills, the healing given through anointing may bring bodily recovery from illness, peace of mind or spirit and strength to persevere in adversity, especially in preparation for death.
Marriage is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman, binding both to self-giving love and exclusive fidelity. The rite of Holy Matrimony is a worship service of the Church, in which the couple exchanges vows to uphold this covenant. They do this before God and in the presence of witnesses, who pray that God will bless their life together.