According to the Baltimore Catechism, a sacrament is “an outward sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.” They are ceremonies or special occasions that help one experience God’s saving presence.
They are recognized by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. The seven sacraments that are regarded as instruments of God’s grace are as follows:
Baptism is the first sacrament of the Catholic Church. It is a purifying sacrament of re-birth that marks one’s entry in the Christian community. It cleanses one of sin and joins one with Christ.