Dear brothers and sisters, quite possibly some of you have seen in some of the Masses that the participants of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) have presented themselves for us to pray for them. This time of Lent is a time of intense spiritual preparation for them because they will receive the sacraments of initiation. You may be wondering what are the sacraments of initiation? Well, I take this space to explain to you what the sacraments of initiation are and the way in which the seven sacraments are grouped.
If you did not know, the seven sacraments are grouped into three groups. That way of grouping them has a very interesting reason. I present below each of the groups and a small explanation of why the groups are called that way.
Sacraments of “initiation”
These sacraments are: baptism, first communion and confirmation. They are called in this way because they are the three sacraments through which one enters into faith. These sacraments are received, ideally, in childhood and adolescence. They are the sacraments by means of which a person initiates in the faith. While communion can be received repeatedly, baptism and confirmation are only received once.
Sacraments of "healing"
Anointing of the sick and the sacrament of reconciliation belong to this second group. They are called sacraments of healing because each time they are received (because they can be received more than once), healing is received from God whether it be spiritual healing in the sacrament of confession and the anointing of the sick and even physical healing with the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.
Sacraments "at the service of the community"
The sacraments of marriage and priestly order belong to this last group. And they receive this name because the two sacraments are meant to serve the community. Marriage from its nature and state of life immersed in daily life in all places, and the priesthood in the divine worship offering the sacrifice of the Eucharist for the salvation of men and women and in the administration of the sacraments to the people of God.