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According to the Roman Catholic Church, there are seven sacraments. They are baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, marriage, extreme unction and the holy orders.
Baptism, usually carried out at a very young age, though can be done later in life, cleanses original sin and is needed to get into heaven. There are three type of baptism. The first and most common is by water. When sprinkled on the head, the priest says “I baptize thee, in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The second type of baptism, is the baptism of desire, which is when water is not possible, but one has a desire for baptism and has done all thing required by god. The third type of baptism is the baptism of blood. This is when one sheds blood for their faith in god, such as a martyr.

The second sacrament is confirmation. Historically, this was done immediately after baptism. Usually this is done with a mixture of olive oil and balm, by making the sign of the cross on top of someone’s forehead. After confirmation, one is openly profess their faith and spread the gospel.

The third sacrament is the Holy Eucharist or communion. This is when one receives bread and wine blessed by a priest, and it is literally the seen as the body and blood of Christ.
After first completely these first three sacraments, one’s initiation into the church is complete. The forth sacrament is penance or confession or reconciliation. Sins committed after baptism can be cleaned by penance, if you are truly sorrowful for your sins, if you resolve to follow gods will, if you confess your sins to a priest, and accept the penance.

The fifth sacrament is marriage. Marriage unites man and woman in the eyes of god and reflects the union or Christ and church. Only death can break the bond of this sacrament.
The sixth sacrament is extreme unction or the anointing of the sick. This offers forgiveness of sin and provides comfort and healing for the body and soul to those who are ill....
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