The Sacrament is a Christian rite recognized as of particular importance and significance. There are various views on the existence and meaning of such rites. Many Christians consider the sacraments to be a visible symbol of the reality of God, as well as a channel for God's grace. Many denominations,
including the Catholic,
Hold to the definition of sacrament formulated by Augustine of Hippo: an outward sign of inward grace, that has been instituted by Jesus Christ.
Sacraments signify God's grace in a way that is outwardly observable to the participant.
The Catholic Church, Hussite Church, and the Old Catholic Church recognize seven sacraments:
Reconciliation (Penance or Confession)
Eucharist (or Holy Communion)
Marriage (Holy Matrimony)
Holy Orders, and
Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction)