The Sacraments
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) defines the sacraments as "the outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace."  Each sacrament has two parts, essentially - one that manifests itself for us to see and one that we hold internally.  

The BCP goes on to say that "grace is God's favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills."  (BCP, pg. 857-858)

Think about the power of that statement for a moment - God's grace is unearned and undeserved and through it our sins are forgiven, our minds are opened to new possibilities, our hearts are moved to love and our wills are steeled to take action, when action is needed.  

Amazing Grace indeed!

At left are links to a brief definition to each of The Sacraments as defined by The Episcopal Church.


 
Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. ~ The Episcopal Church