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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.

Why is there no Mass and only a “service” on Good Friday?

Shouldn't there be Mass on the most sacred day of the liturgical year?

Stressed out over confession? Maybe you’re over-complicating it

Don't make the sacrament of confession more difficult than it has to be.

Why do we name Pontius Pilate in the Creed at Mass?

Isn't he a "bad guy"? Why is he signaled out and not others, such as Judas Iscariot?

How did Cain find a wife?

The book of Genesis only mentions Cain, Abel and Seth as children of Adam and Eve.

Pray this Psalm to make your confession more heartfelt

Use this Psalm as an emotional prayer while you are waiting in line.

Confession, reconciliation, penance: Why so many names for one sacrament?

5 Principal titles each emphasize a different aspect of the sacrament.

St. Peter Damian’s weapon against the devil

When the devil sees this, he always slinks back to where he came from.

An initial remedy to break free from a sinful life

God, rich in mercy, is ready to help you break the bonds of spiritual slavery.

A priest will provide the sacraments … on Italian reality TV

It's not for show; it's to fulfill the request of one of the show's competitors.

4 Powerful ways we can be purified of our sins

Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, God has opened wide the doors to his mercy.

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