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Sacraments

Aleteia's collection of articles on the sacraments, the efficacious signs of Grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.

Meditate on God’s presence after communion

Do you stop to realize that the God of the universe is inside you at communion?

Flowers have an important role at Mass

The use of flowers contains multiple levels of spiritual symbolism that should not be forgotten.

The spiritual symbolism of stone altars

Stone altars have a rich history in the Catholic Church, one that has multiple levels of symbolism.

Why do priests drop a piece of host into the chalice?

The symbolism of this act recalls the unity of the Church and the spiritual connection between each celebration.

Prayer before Communion for spiritual healing

Jesus is the Divine Physician and wants to heal us in the Eucharist.

Jesus completely ‘on God’s side’ but completely on our side too, says pope

In reflecting on Baptism in Jordan, Pope Francis notes Our Lord's solidarity with sinful humanity

Baptism: The spiritual meaning of the word

The original Greek word points to the "death" of the individual to be baptized.

The symbolism of water in the Old Testament

Water has always had a two-fold connection to life and death throughout the Bible.

The essential role of godparents in the Early Church

Baptismal sponsors were necessary on both a practical and spiritual level.

Did early Christians see the Eucharist as Jesus’ body and blood or just a symbol?

When you look at the writings of the first Christians, you see that the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist has never changed.

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