"The word is brought to the material element, and it becomes a sacrament."
St. Augustine of Hippo
The traditional definition of a sacrament is: "...a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace." The sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders, are the center of our life as Christians. Each sacrament allows us to experience the divine touch of Jesus, where he fills our hearts with his light and mercy.
The first three sacraments―Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, and Eucharist―are known as the sacraments of initiation. Penance, and Anointing of the Sick come under the sacraments of healing, and lastly, Holy Orders, and Matrimony are categorized under the sacraments of service.