Sacraments are outward signs of the continued, inward and invisible presence of Christ and His saving grace among us. The Abyssinian Apostolic Church observes seven Sacraments:
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism: Baptism in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is a cleansing from sin and a new birth. John the Baptist baptized in the River Jordan to prepare the way of the coming ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. In accordance with the Holy Scriptures, the lord Jesus Christ will baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist: The Mass is the Holy Eucharist, also know as the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion and the Divine Liturgy. The Lord Jesus Christ instituted this sacrament when He gathered His disciples together and broke bread and shared a cup of wine with them. This bread is His body, and the wine is His blood. When we come to the Lord’s Table to partake of this sacrament, we do so in careful examination, and as a humble member of His body. The Holy Eucharist should be observed as often as possible.
The Sacrament of Confirmation: Confirmation is the laying on of hands by the Bishop. Communicants receiving this sacrament are instructed in he Christian faith and the Church. When a Bishop comes in person to lay hands on an individual, he does so in the long line of succession of the Apostles, who were he first to lay hands on the believers. This sacrament conveys the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation: This sacrament is the confession of sin in the presence of a priest. The priest pronounces forgiveness of their sins and blesses the penitent. All confessions are made in strict confidence and are private. The priest may not reveal the confession to anyone except for God alone. The priest may not bring up the confession to the same penitent at a later time.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick: Holy Unction is the anointing with oil and laying on of hands for healing and deliverance. The Bishop for this special use has blessed the oil used.
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony: This sacrament is the union of one man and one woman, joined together for a life of love and commitment before God. A man and a woman come before the Church of God to take their vows. This relationship is like Christ and his Church, the bride being the Church.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders: This sacrament is the conveyance of Apostolic authority by way of ordination, consecration and incardination of Bishops, Priests and Deacons. Christ instituted these orders for the purpose of training, edifying, nurturing and maturing the saints for service and unity.