In this first of two talks on the sacraments Andrew Wood takes you through the fundamentals of the Church’s liturgy and her sacraments, followed by a brief look at the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The sacraments of Christian initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist—lay the foundations of every Christian life” (n.1212). For this reason, every Christian needs to have a firm grasp of what these sacraments are and a great appreciation of what they do in the life of the Christian. With the reception of each and every sacrament we have an intimate, personal encounter with the Person of the risen Jesus. It is in the sacraments that the Christian not only meets the Lord but is also given the power to be able to live the Christian life in the world.
Andrew’s talk will provide you with a brief but deep understanding of the Church’s liturgy and the three sacraments of Christian initiation. The talk aims to foster within you a profound desire for meeting our Saviour in these sacraments and hence to deepen your love for Jesus Christ. As a consequence you will develop a stronger desire to receive Christ ever more worthily each time you receive him in the sacraments, especially in the most holy Eucharist.