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EUCHARISTIn the Eucharist the sign is the eating of the Lord’s Body and the drinking of his Blood.


It is the sign of life giving food. When the sign is given, we receive the Risen Lord. He is the source of life.


RECONCILIATIONIn Reconciliation the sign is the forgiveness of sins by the priest. The sign means that when a repentant sinner asks for forgiveness the sins are really forgiven. When the sign is given, Jesus forgives our sins.


ANOINTING OF In Anointing of the Sick the sign is the healing oil. THE SICK It is a sign of healing the physical and spiritual sickness of a person. When the sign is given, Jesus heals the individual.


MATRIMONY This is a sign of the ever growing love between two persons.


In Matrimony the sign is the public pledge of fidelity. It is a


sign of faithful love. When the sign is given, Jesus unites the couple in faithful love.


HOLY ORDERS In Holy Orders the sign is the laying on of hands. It


is the sign that Jesus as head of the Church continues his presence in the Church. When the sign is given, Jesus leads, serves, teaches, nourishes, and unites his Church.


WE CAN ACCEPT OR In each sacrament the Risen Lord personally REJECT THE OFFER OF FRIENDSHIP IN THE SACRAMENTS


invites us to come closer to God. Through the sacraments, friendship with God is made and deepened. We are free to accept the


invitation of Jesus for closer friendship with God. Through the power of the Spirit we respond to Jesus’ offer of friendship.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE Matthew 28, 16-20:


Jesus promises to be with his disciples


Footnotes: 28, 16-20: This climatic scene has been called a “proleptic parousia” for it gives a foretaste of the final glorious coming of the Son of Man (26, 64). Then his triumph will be manifest to all; how it is revealed only to the disciples,who are commissioned to announce it to all nations and bring them to belief in Jesus and obedience to his commandments.


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