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sacrament

A sacrament is a religious ceremony or rite. Sacraments are important holy events to members of that religion.

Different religions recognize different sacraments. If you're a Protestant, you might attend a baptism, yet if you're Roman Catholic, you would include confirmation and matrimony among the various ceremonies you attend. Usually a holy person like a priest or minister needs to perform a sacrament. A less religious definition of this word is to think of a sacrament as something that is sacred or mysterious: a serious baseball fan might think of visiting Fenway Park as a sacrament.

Definitions of sacrament
  1. noun
    a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction
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    Eucharist, Eucharistic liturgy, Holy Eucharist, Holy Sacrament, Liturgy, Lord's Supper, sacrament of the Eucharist
    a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
    matrimony
    the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
    baptism
    a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
    confirmation
    a sacrament admitting a baptized person to full participation in the church
    penance
    a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution
    anointing of the sick, extreme unction, last rites
    a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation
    holy order
    the sacrament of ordination
    affusion
    the act of baptizing someone by pouring water on their head
    aspersion, sprinkling
    the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)
    christening
    giving a Christian name at baptism
    immersion
    a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged
    confession
    (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution
    type of:
    religious ceremony, religious ritual
    a ceremony having religious meaning
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