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Every sacrament has matter and form. The form is the sacramental sign or words that confer on the matter the power to sanctify.
|Baptism||Priest or deacon pours or sprinkles water on the person and says, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”|
Bishop or priest traces a cross on the person’s forehead with chrism and says, “Name, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Priest’s words of institution. “This is my Body …” and “This is my Blood …”
|Penance||Priest’s prayer of absolution. “God the Father of Mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. And I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”|
|Anointing of the Sick and Dying||Priest’s prayer of absolution. “Through this holy anointing and His most loving mercy, may the Lord assist you by the grace of the Holy Spirit, so that, freed from your sins, He may save you and in His goodness raise you up.”|
|Holy Orders||The bishop’s prayer of consecration. See CCC § 1574.|
|Holy Matrimony||The man and woman confer the sacrament upon each other.|
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