What are the seven outward forms of holy tradition? 

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In Christianity, sacraments can be defined as outward signs by which God shows us grace and which help us to achieve salvation. In Roman Catholicism there are seven sacraments, which are as follows:

1). Baptism. This is where you become united with the Church and with Christ; no other sacrament...

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In Christianity, sacraments can be defined as outward signs by which God shows us grace and which help us to achieve salvation. In Roman Catholicism there are seven sacraments, which are as follows:

1). Baptism. This is where you become united with the Church and with Christ; no other sacrament can be received without it. It involves immersion into water in order to cleanse original sin through water and the word. In the Catholic tradition, baptism is normally given to babies, but adults who convert to Catholicism are also baptized in the same manner.

2). Confirmation. Usually given to an older child who wants to reaffirm his or her commitment to God and the Church, confirmation involves being anointed on the forehead by chrism, which is administered by a bishop.

3). Eucharist. Eucharist means thanksgiving and involves the eating of bread, and in some cases, the drinking of wine. Catholics, unlike Protestants, believe that Christ is literally present in the bread and wine. Whereas food and drink nourish our bodies, Christ's body and blood nourish us spiritually.

4). Penance. This is the confessing of sins to a priest, who then forgives the penitent his or her sins before ordering them to live a more faithful life through absolution.

5). Extreme unction. This entails anointing the sick and is only used on those who are seriously ill or suffering. The chief purpose of the sacrament is to make the sufferer feel a stronger connection to God in both mind and body.

6). Matrimony. This is simply another word for marriage. In the Catholic tradition, the devotion that a husband and wife have for each other mirrors that between Christ and his Church. Through holy matrimony, a husband and wife pledge to build each other up in faith, serve each other and the Church, and be faithful to each other for the rest of their lives.

7). Holy Orders. This sacrament is only for those who wish to become a priest, bishop, or deacon. In the Catholic Church, holy orders, unlike the other sacraments, are only available to men. It's a sacrament to which a relatively small number feel themselves called by God.

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