The Old Catholic Communion of North America and more specifically The Old Catholic Church of Hawaii holds to the same seven (7) sacraments as the Roman Catholic Church,… although the Old Catholic Church is not as restrictive/exclusive regarding the participation in and reception thereof.
You may ask,… What is a Sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward sign, established by Jesus Christ. to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism: In the Book of Acts, it is clear that those who received Christian baptism also received the Holy Spirit, had their sins forgiven, became members of Christ, and thus of the Church. Baptism is the foundational sacrament, the only one that Philip thought was necessary to confer on the Ethiopian eunuch. Matthew 3:16; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:16; Acts 8:36-38; Acts 11:16; Acts 16:15; Acts 16:33; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:3-6; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:25-26; Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:20-21, and many others.
Confirmation: The Sacrament of Confirmation completes Baptism by a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It enables the Christian for mission. This was seen at Pentecost with respect to the apostles. In the early Church it was often accompanied by charismatic signs, though these are not intrinsic to the sacrament. This sacrament is conferred by the laying on of hands. Acts 19:3-6, Hebrews 6:2, Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 39:29; Joel 2:28; John 14:16; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:3-6; Hebrews 6:2.
Eucharist: The Eucharist is visibly bread and wine but is in reality the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ. In the early centuries the name of the Mass was the breaking of the bread. The Eucharist is Source and Summit of the Christian life and the central sacrament of the Church. Just as the planets revolve around the sun,… all of the other sacraments revolve around the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 24:35; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:24-27;
Confession/Penance: Christ gave authority, the keys, to the apostles to forgive sin, to decide between absolving or retaining guilt (binding and loosing). This requires “confession” of sins for this judgment not to be arbitrary, hence the popular name of the sacrament,… “Confession.” This authority was passed on to bishops, and from them to priests, with ordination. Matthew 16:19; John 20:21-23; Rev. 1:18.
Anointing of the Sick: Anointing prepares the person for death, and only incidentally may produce physical healing. The salvation and resurrection spoken of in James are in the first place spiritual. James 5:14-15.
Holy Orders: The threefold division of sacred ministers (bishops, priests and deacons) prefigured in the Old Law (high priest, priests, Levites) is clearly revealed in Scripture. Acts 6:3-6; Acts 13:2-3; 1 Tim. 3:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-9; 1 Tim. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4:16; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; 1 Tim. 5:22.
Matrimony: By faith, matrimony is a sign of Christ and His Bride, the Church,… as well as a special calling. Mt. 19:10-11; Eph. 5:31-32.
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