Knights of Columbus - Council 9210
Our Lady of the Pillar ~ Nuestra Señora del Pilar 

Sacraments Table

Sacrament Biblical Basis Central Words Central Actions Effects & Symbols Ministers
Baptism Matt 28:19 - Jesus commissions the apostles: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit";

John 3:22; 4:1-2
- Jesus' first disciples baptize other disciples;

Acts 2:38-41; & 10:47-48
- new believers are baptized "in the name of Jesus" by Peter & others;
(not just Jesus' own baptism: Mark 1:9-11 & par.)

"I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
(the "Trinitarian Formula," from Matt 28:19)

The candidate is immersed in water, or water is poured over the candidate's head. Becoming a member of the Church of Christ (Christian Initiation); also being forgiven of one's sins.

SYMBOLS
- White  Garment
- Water
- Candle
- Sacred Chrism &
Oil of Catechumens

Bishops, Priests, Deacons;
any Christian
(in case
of urgent need)

The Eucharist Mark 14:22-25; Matt 26:26-30; Luke 22:14-23;
1 Cor 11:23-25
- Jesus' "Last Supper" with his disciples;

John 6: 48-58
- the end of the Bread of Life discourse: "eat my flesh; drink my blood";

Luke 24:35; Acts 2:42
- Christians gather for the
"Breaking of the Bread"
"This is my body... This is my blood..."
(the "Words of Institution" from the Last Supper)
The bread and wine are blessed/consecrated by the minister and received/shared by the communicants. Being spiritually nourished by Christ's body and blood; being united ("in communion") with Christ and other believers.

SYMBOLS
- Bread & Wine
(Body & Blood of Chirst)

Bishops or Priests

Confirmation John 20:22 - "(Jesus) breathed on them (the disciples) and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'";

Acts 8:17; 19:6
- believers receive the Spirit, esp. through laying on of the apostle's hands

Acts 10:44-48
- the coming of the Spirit is closely associated with the Baptism of new believers
"(Name), be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit." Laying on of hands (the bishop lays his hands on the head of the confirmand). Being strengthened by the Holy Spirit; being "confirmed" in the fullness of the Christian faith.

SYMBOLS
- Sacred Chrism
- White Dove (Holy Spirit)

Bishops;
in some cases also Priests

Penance/
Reconciliation
John 20:23 - "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained";

Matt 16:19; 18:18
- more sayings on "binding and loosing";

James 5:16
- "confess your sins to one another"
"I forgive you of all of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"
(the "Words of Absolution")
The penitent confesses his sins, expresses contrition, and proposes amendment; the confessor suggests a penance and speaks the words of absolution. Begin forgiven of one's sins; being reconciled to God the Church, and other people.

SYMBOLS
- Keys

- Stole
- Rasied Hand
- The Cross

Bishops or Priests

Anointing of the Sick Mark 6:7-13 - Jesus' disciples "anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them";

James 5:14-16
- "call for the elders of the church and have them pray over (the sick), anointing them with oil in the names of the Lord."
"Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." The minister anointing the sick persons forehead and hands with blessed oil Being strengthened in time of illness.

SYMBOLS
- Oil of the Sick
(Oleum Infirmorum)

Bishops or Priests

Matrimony/
Marriage
Gen 2:24 - "a man leaves his parents and clings to his wife and they become one flesh";

Mark 10:2-12; Matt 19:1-9
- Jesus teaches against divorce; "What God has joined together, let no one separate";

Eph 5:22-33; 1Cor 7:10-16
- Paul stresses the unity of husbands and wives;
(not simply Jesus' presence at the wedding at Cana, John 2:1-11)
"I, (name), take you, (name), to be my husband/wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life."
(or a similar formula)
The husband and wife make these promises to each other publicly. (Rings are exchanged as a visible sign of this verbal commitment.) Being united ("one flesh") in God's eyes; becoming a publicly and legally recognized couple.

SYMBOLS
- Rings

the couple themselves! (clergy are just the official
witnesses)

Holy Orders
(Ordination
of Bishops,
Priests, and
Deacons)
Mark 3:13-19 & par. - Jesus "calls" and "appoints" the 12 apostles;

Acts 6:6; Mark 4:14; 5:22; 2 Tim 1:6
- "laying on of hands" as the "ordaining" or commissioning rite of local Christian leaders
A long
"Prayer of Consecration"
The bishop lays his hands on the ordinand's head; he also anoints his hands and performs several other symbolic gestures Becoming a member of the "ordained" clergy, the church's official leadership "orders"

SYMBOLS
- Laying of Hands
- Stole
- Vestments







Bishops only

Sources: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: www.usccb.org
                 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition