Lesson 23


Opening Prayer

Rite of Election



Questions and answers:  Section 20: The Seven Sacraments


  1. What is at the center of the Church’s liturgical life?



  1. What is a sacrament?



  1. What are the seven sacraments?



  1. Has the Church always spoken of there being seven sacraments?



  1. What do we mean when we say that the sacraments were instituted by Christ?



  1. What is the sacramental “character” or “seal”



  1. What is the purpose of the sacraments?



  1. Who celebrates the sacramental liturgy?



  1. How are the sacraments celebrated?



  1. In what way are the sacraments “sacred signs”?



  1. Is there only one way to celebrate the sacraments?



  1. How can we best understand the seven sacraments?


Introduction of a Saint’s life: Saint Philomene


Prayer: Angelus:

            V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;

            R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit; Hail Mary.

            V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord;

            R. Be it done unto me according to your will; Hail Mary.

            V. And the Word was made flesh;

            R. And dwelt among us; Hail Mary.

            V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God;

            R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ

            V. Let us Pray: Pour forth we beseech you, O Lord,  your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord.  R. Amen



Homework: Chapter 21: Baptism


  1. What is Baptism


  1. How is Baptism celebrated?


  1. What does Jesus Christ accomplish in us through Baptism?








  1. Is Baptism the only way of receiving the divine life of sanctifying grace for the first time?


  1. Who can be baptized?


  1. Can children be baptized?


  1. What is the sign used in Baptism?





  1. Why are there “sponsors” or “godparents” for Baptism?


  1. Who administers the sacrament of Baptism?


  1. What are the baptismal promises?






  1. What happens to unbaptized infants?


  1. Why does it sometimes happen that a person who had been baptized a Protestant is baptized again when becoming a Catholic?