Sacrament Law and Legal Definition

A sacrament is a religious ceremony conducted formally to confer specific grace on those who receive. It is an apparent and visible sign of inward spiritual grace. It also refers to a religious rite that is similar in character or meaning to a Christian sacrament. In the Eastern, Roman Catholic, and some other Western Christian churches, any of the traditional seven rites instituted by Jesus and recorded in the New Testament that confer a grace is called a sacrament. In the Western Christian churches, the two rites, Baptism and the Eucharist, instituted by Jesus to confer grace are called the sacrament.