The Sacraments

The term sacrament comes from Latin (“sacramentum”) and originally meant “creed” or “saving truth”. The evangelical church has only two sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, because we feel that the sacraments are acts instituted by Christ and connected with a divine promise. The other five sacraments of the Catholic and Orthodox Church (Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, Matrimony and Confession) are still practiced, but not recognized as sacraments.

The Last Supper

STAYING TOGETHER

A loved one is no longer there. Just far away or completely lost. There is nothing to change, but I am missing him. I want to hold on to what this man has meant me. I want to be near him further. If I have something that reminds me of those people, that can help. A letter. An object which he has used. A gift, perhaps a parting gift. Even though it is not a special object, it is very precious to me. And I can feel this man is very close to me.

A FAREWELL GIFT

When people met Jesus , they were deeply impressed by him. The Bible tells how it was for them when Jesus sat at table with them, and they ate together. And sometimes the food was a Cure : whenever someone who had previously shunned or ostracized, became one of them again.

Jesus knew he would die soon. Then he wanted to prepare his friends, his disciples. They were then followed him and since then always near him. Now they would have to live without him. He told them: “Prepare a room for a special farewell dinner” . It was the last night before his death. According to Jewish traditions,”Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body. And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you.” (Matthew 26) Jesus told them they should also do so if he does not sit with them at the table. “With the bread and the wine, I will be with you. Stay together and eat together so I am close to you.” This is his farewell gift.

 Baptism according to Lutheran understanding

 LEAP INTO THE OTHER LIFE!

The story of Leo by Robert Manasseh (Robert Menasse: Wings of Stone, pp. 94) can be read as a modern tale of baptismal: the jump into the water as a beginning of a new life: “It was different. He was different.”

On the following pages, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy would like to invite you to delve into the history and the importance of Christian baptism, which is the second sacrament of the Lutheran Church next to the Lord’s Supper.