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SEVEN SACRAMENTS

The seven rites instituted by Christ to confer the grace they signify, namely baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, orders, matrimony, and anointing of the sick. The number and names of the sacraments and their substantial institution by Christ (purpose and essential ritual) were defined on March 3, 1547, by the Council of Trent (Denzinger 1601).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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