And is heightened in some way, in my mind, by the presence of a sacrament.
That same year, the church lifted a 1967 ban on women offering prayers at sacrament meetings.
Are they unworthy of the sacrament, or are they not even desired members of the sacramental community?
Some suggested that Obama supporters be denied the sacrament of communion until they went to confession.
Why passing on the sacrament may be forgivable during cold and flu season.
But some churches still rely on older methods for administering the sacrament.
Thus, the need for a pastoral accompaniment that goes beyond the celebration of the sacrament.
"outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace," also "the eucharist," c.1200, from Old French sacrament "consecration; mystery" (12c., Modern French sacrement) and directly from Latin sacramentum "a consecrating" (also source of Spanish sacramento, German Sakrament, etc.), from sacrare "to consecrate" (see sacred); a Church Latin loan-translation of Greek mysterion (see mystery).
Meaning "a holy mystery" in English is from late 14c. The seven sacraments are baptism, penance, confirmation, holy orders, the Eucharist, matrimony, and anointing of the sick (extreme unction).
A religious ceremony or rite. Most Christian churches reserve the term for those rites that Jesus himself instituted, but there are disagreements between them on which rites those are. The Lutheran Church, for example, maintains that baptism and Communion are the only sacraments, whereas in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, there are five more: confirmation; confession; anointing of the sick; the ordination of clergy; and the marriage of Christians.