St. Martin's Church Bedford
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The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; but being signs, they also have a teaching function. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and object, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called "sacraments of faith." The sacraments impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practice charity.

Baptisms

Baptism marks somebody's official entry into the Christian Church. That is why it is sometimes called a christening, the time when we are publicly recognised as a Christian.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the Sacrament that confirms the Baptism, so also if call Confirmation, because it renews its promises. Baptism and Confirmation print character indestructible; why are Sacraments that can be received only once in life. This Sacrament gives to those who have been baptised by decision outside the opportunity, before the Church, confirm the commitments made by other people on your behalf, in your Baptism.

Eucharist

The Eucharist is the sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ and must be renewed at least once a week, in Sunday Mass, because it is Christ himself in the form of Bread and Wine, that is present in our midst.

Penance

Penance is a sacrament established by Jesus Christ, giving power to his Apostles and Disciples to forgive sins, whose right outside accorded to Bishops and Priests.

Anointing of the Sick

This Sacrament was promulgated by the Apostle James (Lower) through his Epistle: "Anyone of you is sick? Please call the priests of the Church to pray for him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which a man is made a bishop, a priest, or a deacon, and thus dedicated to be an image of Christ. The three degrees are referred to as the episcopate, the presbyterate and the diaconate.

Weddings

A wedding is a time for celebration as two people publicly commit themselves to each other and become officially a couple.

It is a time for families and friends to share the joy of the couple getting married, to meet new friends and to greet more familiar ones. 

When the wedding takes place in church then it is also a time to ask God's blessing on the relationship and the home that is being made.