ST. JAMES ORTHODOX CHURCH
MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA
VICARIATE FOR THE PALESTINIAN & JORDANIAN
CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA
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.

Baptism
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
.

Chrismation
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
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 Sacraments >>
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