There are special experiences in our life as Orthodox Christians when the perception of God's presence and actions is heightened and
celebrated. We call these events of the Church Sacraments.
Through the three-fold immersion in the waters of Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, one dies to the old ways of sin and is born to a new life
in Christ. Baptism is one's public identification with Christ Death and victorious Resurrection.
The Sacrament of Chrismation immediately follows baptism. As the ministry of Christ was enlivened by the Spirit, and the preaching of the
Apostles strengthened by the Spirit, so is the life of each Orthodox Christian sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Chrismation, which is often referred to
as one's personal Pentecost, is the Sacrament which imparts the Spirit in a special way.
Confession is the Sacrament through which our sins are forgiven, and our relationship to God and to others is restored and strengthened.
According to Orthodox teaching, the penitent confess to God and is forgiven by God. The priest is the sacramental witness who represents both
Christ and His people. The priest is viewed not as a judge, but as a physician and guide.
The Holy Eucharist, which is known as the Divine Liturgy, is the central and most important worship experience of the Orthodox Church. All the
other Sacraments of the Church lead toward and flow from the Eucharist, which is at the center of the life of the Church. The Orthodox Church
believes that the bread and wine is in fact converted to the body and blood of Christ through the Holy Spirit
When one is ill and in pain, this can often be a time of life when one feels isolated. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, or Holy Unction as
it is also known, remind us that when we are in pain, either physical, emotional, or spiritual, Christ is present with us through the ministry of his
The Holy Spirit preserved the continuity of the Church through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Through ordination, men who have been chosen
from within the Church are set apart by the Church for special service to the Church.
God is active in our lives. It is He who joins a man and a woman in a relationship of mutual love. The Sacrament of Marriage bears witness to His
action. Through this Sacrament, a man and a woman are publicly joined as husband and wife. They enter into a new relationship with each other,
God, and the Church.
The Holy Sacraments of the Church
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