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The Sacraments

Bishop Barron takes a fresh look at the seven sacraments of the Church in all their theological depth, spirituality, and wonder: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.



The great sacraments of the Church are true encounters with Christ. Through the seven sacraments of the Church, Jesus is present. The sacraments have endured for thousands of years and blessed countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them.

Bishop Barron presents lively talks on the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist), the sacraments of healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick), and finally, the sacraments of vocation or mission (Matrimony and Holy Orders).

This video-based study program can be experienced individually or in a group. Groups meet for seven 90-minute sessions to explore each of the sacraments. Each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of the Study Guide questions. Participants read the commentary in the Study Guide and prepare the questions before each small group discussion.

There are two sets of questions: “Questions for Understanding" based on the video presentation and references from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church and “Questions for Application" that help you reflect on how the material is relevant to your own life and experience. This preparation can be done either before or after participants view the video, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed.

The Study Guide was written by Andrew Petiprin, Fellow of Popular Culture at the Word on Fire Institute. Andrew has written about faith and culture for various publications and he is the author of the book Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself, which is an accessible presentation of timeless Christian doctrines.

The Leader’s Kit provides essential resources for lay discussion leaders, including the video set, study guide, facilitator guide, answer key, and prayer cards. Leaders can also register for a free training webinar which teaches the best ways to run an effective Sacraments study group.

Lesson One: “Introduction”

  • Lesson 1
  • Lesson 2
  • Lesson 3
  • Lesson 4
  • Lesson 5
  • Lesson 6

Lesson 1:  Introduction and Baptism

Through the seven sacraments of the Church, Jesus is present, ministering to his people. Healing, nourishing and anointing them. These seven holy sacraments are not just symbols of Christ, they are encounters with him. This encounter with Christ begins with Baptism. The Greek verb baptizo is powerful. It means literally “to plunge.” We speak of “taking the plunge” when we move from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and our lives change irrevocably. The baptized person is changed by being immersed in the life of Christ, becoming a child of God.

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Bishop Robert Barron - Biography
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