“The Sacraments are not mere appearances, they are not rituals; they are the power of Christ; Jesus Christ is present in the Sacraments.” – Pope Francis
The sacraments the Church celebrates are signs of grace that make a deeper reality present to us. One reality we encounter through the sacraments is Christ’s presence in the Church community, his body. This recognition of Christ’s presence in the community should lead to a stronger awareness of being sent on mission to engage in concrete, love-inspired action in the world.
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS
At the Church of the Resurrection, we strive to prepare a child and its family for a life of Christian Service. Through the sacrament of Baptism, we are adopted into God’s family and we are anointed to share in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages and to entrust to the Church his Spouse a memorial of his death and resurrection.
With the Sacrament of Confirmation, one continues his or her commitment to our Lord’s community, the Church, that began at Baptism. Just as Baptism is a personal Easter for Christians who die with Christ in the baptismal waters in order to rise with Him, Confirmation is a personal Pentecost in which the presence of God’s life-giving Spirit empowers Christians to witness to Christ.
In the Sacrament of Marriage, a man and woman vow to love and honor each other all the days of their lives. Preparation for the sacrament of marriage focuses on helping you live the vows that will be exchanged at the wedding. Before you reserve any reception hall or hire a band, please talk to the pastor or one of the deacons of the parish. We will help you prepare to live together as husband and wife all the days of your lives.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as “the sacrament of apostolic ministry.”
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15
The Anointing of the Sick continues the healing ministry of Jesus. To schedule this sacrament, please contact Fr. John Barry at 301 288-4662. If it is an emergency, and after office hours, please call (301) 236-5200.