3. (Theol.) One of the solemn religious ordinances enjoined by Christ, the head of the Christian church, to be observed by his followers; hence, specifically, the eucharist; the Lord's Supper.

Syn.Sacrament, Eucharist. — Protestants apply the term sacrament to baptism and the Lord's Supper, especially the latter. The R. Cath. and Greek churches have five other sacraments, viz., confirmation, penance, holy orders, matrimony, and extreme unction. As sacrament denotes an oath or vow, the word has been applied by way of emphasis to the Lord's Supper, where the most sacred vows are renewed by the Christian in commemorating the death of his Redeemer. Eucharist denotes the giving of thanks; and this term also has been applied to the same ordinance, as expressing the grateful remembrance of Christ's sufferings and death. "Some receive the sacrament as a means to procure great graces and blessings; others as an eucharist and an office of thanksgiving for what they have received." Jer. Taylor.

(Sac"ra*ment) v. t. To bind by an oath. [Obs.] Laud.

(Sac`ra*men"tal) a. [L. sacramentalis: cf. F. sacramental, sacramentel.]

1. Of or pertaining to a sacrament or the sacraments; of the nature of a sacrament; sacredly or solemnly binding; as, sacramental rites or elements.

2. Bound by a sacrament.

The sacramental host of God's elect.

(Sac`ra*men"tal), n. That which relates to a sacrament. Bp. Morton.

(Sac`ra*men"tal*ism) n. The doctrine and use of sacraments; attachment of excessive importance to sacraments.

(Sac`ra*men"tal*ist), n. One who holds the doctrine of the real objective presence of Christ's body and blood in the holy eucharist. Shipley.

(Sac`ra*men"tal*ly), adv. In a sacramental manner.

(Sac`ra*men*ta"ri*an) n. [LL. sacramentarius: cf. F. sacramentaire.]

1. (Eccl.) A name given in the sixteenth century to those German reformers who rejected both the Roman and the Lutheran doctrine of the holy eucharist.

2. One who holds extreme opinions regarding the efficacy of sacraments.

(Sac`ra*men*ta"ri*an), a.

1. Of or pertaining a sacrament, or to the sacramentals; sacramental.

2. Of or pertaining to the Sacramentarians.

(Sac`ra*men"ta*ry) a.

1. Of or pertaining to a sacrament or the sacraments; sacramental.

2. Of or pertaining to the Sacramentarians.

(Sac`ra*men"ta*ry), n.; pl. -ries [LL. sacramentarium: cf. F. sacramentaire.]

1. An ancient book of the Roman Catholic Church, written by Pope Gelasius, and revised, corrected, and abridged by St. Gregory, in which were contained the rites for Mass, the sacraments, the dedication

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