Sacraments are traditionally defined as “…outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 857).
In sacraments we encounter in a particular way the presence of God, receiving God’s grace. God’s grace is given us in the sacraments, freely, we cannot earn it. God’s grace “forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills” (BCP p. 858).
The two great sacraments of the Gospel are those given by Jesus himself to the Church, Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
Other sacraments in the Episcopal Church include Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination, Reconciliation of a Penitent (Confession), and Anointing of the Sick.