Anglican Sacraments

Anglican Sacraments

In keeping with its prevailing self-identity as a via media or "middle path" of Western Christianity, Anglican sacramental theology expresses elements in keeping with its status as a church in the Catholic tradition and a church of the Reformation. With respect to sacramental theology the Catholic tradition is perhaps most strongly asserted in the importance Anglicanism places on the sacraments as a means of grace, sanctification and forgiveness as expressed in the church's liturgy.

When the Thirty-Nine Articles were accepted as a norm for Anglican teaching, Anglicans recognised two sacraments – Baptism and the Eucharist – as having been ordained by Christ ("sacraments of the Gospel" ) as Article XXV of the Thirty-Nine Articles describes them) and as necessary for salvation. The status of the Articles today varies from Province to Province: Canon A5 of the Church of England defines them as a source for Anglican doctrine. Peter Toon names ten Provinces as having retained them. He goes to suggest that they have become "one strategic lens of a multi-lens telescope through which to view tradition and approach Scripture".

Five other acts are regarded variously as full sacraments by Anglo-Catholics or as "sacramental rites" by Evangelicals with varied opinions among broad church and liberal Anglicans. Article XXV states that these five "are not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel, being such as have grown partly of the corrupt following of the Apostles, partly are states of life allowed in the Scriptures; but yet have not like nature of Sacraments with Baptism, and the Lord's Supper, for that they have not any visible sign or ceremony ordained of God.")

According to the Thirty-Nine Articles, the seven are:

"Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel" "Commonly called Sacraments but not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel"
Baptism Confession and absolution
Holy Matrimony
Eucharist (or Communion, Mass, or the Lord's Supper) Confirmation
Ordination (also called Holy Orders)
Anointing of the Sick (also called Healing or Unction.)

A wider range of opinions about the 'effectiveness' of the sacraments is found among Anglicans than in the Roman Catholic Church: some hold to a more Catholic view maintaining that the sacraments function "as a result of the act performed" (ex opere operato); others emphasise strongly the need for worthy reception and faith".

Read more about Anglican Sacraments:  Characteristics of Sacraments, Baptism, Eucharist, Ordained Ministry

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