Monsignor Charles Pope, on the mindful mystery and power of the seven sacraments.

A fundamental principle of the seven Sacraments is that they have a reality that exists apart from the priest’s holiness or worthiness. They work ex opere operato (ie.. they are worked from the very fact of the work).

One need not doubt therefore that a sacrament is in fact given just because a bishop, priest or deacon seems less than holy or worthy. Neither can the disposition of the recipient un-work the work.

For example, Holy Communion does not cease to be the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ merely because the one who steps forward is unworthy or even an unbeliever. The Sacrament has a reality in itself that transcends the worthiness of the celebrant or recipient.

However, sacraments are not magic in the sense that they work effects in us in a manner independent of our disposition or will. Sacraments, though actually conferred by the fact that they are given, have a varying fruitfulness dependent upon the disposition, worthiness and openness of the recipient.

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Biblical Citations for the Institution of All Seven of the Sacraments by Jesus Christ

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Seven Sacraments Instituted by Christ Our Lord

Published Friday, February 17, 2006 by Taylor Marshall. <!—->


1. Baptism
Matthew 28:19 “Go…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirt.”

2. Confirmation
John 16:7 “If I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

3. Eucharist
Luke 22:19-20 “This is my Body…This is my Blood…Do this in remembrance of Me.”

4. Matrimony
Mark 19:6 “They are no longer two but one flesh…what God has joined together let no man put asunder.”

5. Holy Orders
Luke 22:19-20 “This is my Body…This is my Blood…Do this in remembrance of Me.”
John 20:22-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any their sins are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

6. Confession
John 20:22-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any their sins are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

7. Unction of the Sick
Mark 6:13 “And they anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.”