One Life Celebrations Ministries
Reverend Manny Edgar-Beltran

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Sacraments
What are Sacraments?
The sacraments, also known in some parts of the world and religious practices as “mysteries”, are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. They allow us to reach Eternal Life, and make us Holy in God’s presence.
The word efficacious means 'effective.' This means that according to Catholic teachings, sacraments do what they say they do. Because of God's power, they simply work, that is our belief.
A sign is an object, word, or gesture that points to something beyond itself. In our faith, sacraments use all kinds of human objects, words, and gestures, but all of these point beyond themselves to something greater, to God and His grace.
What is grace as God's free gift of His presence to us. Our redemptions comes to us thru this channels (God communicates with us) of grace known as sacraments.
The Seven Sacraments:  The Catholic Church recognizes seven sacraments: But are they bible based? Let’s take a look…
  • Baptism
  • Holy Communion
  • Confirmation
  • Reconciliation
  • Anointing of the sick
  • Marriage
  • Holy orders
Please note that each definition expresses the teachings of One Life Celebrations.
Baptism
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Mathew 28:19
In baptism, God's saving grace, His very presence, enters into the human soul. The essential rite of baptism is very simple. The person celebrating the sacrament (usually a priest) says 'I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit' while pouring water over the head, or by full immersion or dipping (if possible) of the person receiving the sacrament in water. For Catholics, baptism is the sacrament of salvation and the door to all other sacraments.
Holy Communion
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
Mathew 26:26
  ​​Those who partake in Holy Communion receive the real Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in what appears to be bread and wine. During Mass, bread and wine are consecrated by the priest through God's power when he repeats Jesus's words, 'This is My Body' and 'This is the chalice of My Blood.' Communion means being in one with Jesus and the WHOLE family of believers of the church.
    
Confirmation
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
John 8:12
Confirmation provides a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which helps the confirmed Catholic witness to Christ and lead a mature Christian life. The rite of confirmation, usually performed by a bishop (or a priest appointed by the bishop), involves the anointing with chrism (holy oil), the laying on of hands, and the words 'Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.' With this sacrament Christ remind us that we are still free to choose him or not, it is another opportunity to make a public affirmation of our free will to follow him.
Reconciliation or Confession
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:28
In reconciliation, which is also called 'confession' or 'penance,' a Catholic confesses his or her sins to a priest in the spirit of true repentance and receives forgiveness. The priest acts as a visible representative of Christ, who forgives sins through Him, when he says the words of absolution: 'I absolve you of your sins in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.' During the confession the priest is not really paying attention to your sins, those sins are not of the priest to listen too, but the priest is offering prayers begging God Almighty to listen to the penitent’s plea and forgive their sins, giving strength to start a new life in the light of Christ Jesus .
Annointing of the Sick
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
James 5:14
Anointing of the sick offers the comfort of God's grace to those who are ill. The sacrament provides spiritual and sometimes physical healing, according to God's will, but also allows the sick person to join his or her sufferings to Christ and prepare for death. The essential rite of this sacrament involves anointing of the sick with oil and prayer.
Marriage
Let marriage be honored by everyone; let the marriage bed remain undefiled. God will judge those who misbehave sexually or commit adultery. 
Hebrews 13:4
    Marriage, or matrimony, joins two people together in a life-long covenant of self-giving love. The two spouses give their consent to join together in marriage in a public affirmation in front of the church minister(s). God gives special grace to the couple that they may live out their vows. Traditionally only the marriage between a man and a women was acceptable and the women are to be subservient to the man. We do not see it as such.  Marriage can be between two men, two women, a man and a women, or non-gender conforming. None are to be subservient to each other. They are to work together and have a global vision of their lives as one.
Holy Orders
For it is testified: "You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."  
Hebrews 7;17

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
In holy orders, men and women are ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons through a bishop's laying on of hands and prayer. These men and women are given the grace to live out their lives in service to the Church and to God's people.​​