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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE TWO SACRAMENTS
OF THE DEAD.

Q. 1. I heard that two of the seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church are called the Sacraments of the dead. Can you explain that?

A. 1. Yes, indeed, two of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church are called Sacraments of the dead.

Baptism and Penance are called the Sacraments of the dead because their main purpose is to give the supernatural life of sanctifying grace to the souls that are spiritually dead through sin.

The other five Sacraments, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony are called Sacraments of the living because their main purpose is to give more grace to souls that are already spiritually alive through sanctifying grace.




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