The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it. That is why they are called ‘sacraments of faith.’ – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1123
The seven sacraments are communal celebrations of personal encounter. They are tangible manifestations of God’s plan of salvation fully realized in Jesus of Nazareth. Each sacrament draws us closer to God. The grace of these sacraments impels us to get to know the faith, share the faith, meet with others to discuss the faith, and express the faith by doing something for others.
Those preparing for, and those celebrating, the sacraments in the Archdiocese for the Military Services are often far from home. Through the universal church, however, all are connected together in Christ Jesus, especially as we celebrate His powerful presence in the celebration of the Eucharist.