Definition of sacramental in English:

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Pronunciation: /sakrəˈmɛnt(ə)l/


Relating to or constituting a sacrament or the sacraments: it fuses the historical Passion story with its sacramental meaning a native sacramental tradition sacramental confession
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  • Can sacramental confession accommodate that cultural shift?
  • As we open ourselves to God through prayer, Scripture, and the sacramental life of the church, God's life is able to penetrate our beings more fully.
  • To partake of the Eucharist is to partake of Christ himself, and to enter into sacramental communion with our Lord we must all be properly disposed.


An observance analogous to but not reckoned among the sacraments, such as the use of holy water or the sign of the cross.
Example sentences
  • We are baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, other sacraments and sacramentals are in the same Trinitarian name, and churches, colleges, and institutions beyond number are called ‘Trinity.’
  • What Ker discovers instead is a common concern for the ‘sheer ordinariness’ of Catholic Christianity, the everyday ‘matter-of-factness’ of its sacraments and sacramentals.
  • ‘Good manners,’ he observes, ‘are like sacramentals - outer signs of inner grace.’



Example sentences
  • Wheeler Robinson did more than anyone else in twentieth-century Britain to help Baptists rediscover the sacramental understanding of baptism, and the key to his sacramentalism is the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
  • But the energy of their protest brought its own peril, as they tended to become suspicious of any pronounced sacramental emphasis, even the genuine sacramentalism of the New Testament.
  • Therefore, Robinson's is an ethical sacramentalism, standing apart from other interpretations of the rite because it is ‘the only baptism which is strictly and primarily an ethical act on the part of the baptized.’




Pronunciation: /sakrəmɛnˈtalɪti/
Example sentences
  • This way of understanding the sacramentality of sacramental rites is not idiosyncratic, least of all in the Episcopal Church.
  • These three were chosen because of ‘their emphasis on the sacramentality of the word and the liturgical implications that accompany their ecclesial understanding of sacraments’.
  • Instead, they are concerned with ‘the sacramentality of the ordinary.’


(also sacramentalise) verb
Example sentences
  • Furthermore, Behr-Sigel urges that the role of priests' spouses in the life of the parish be recognized, dignified, and sacramentalized.
  • The church has always tried to sacramentalize the faith for real people in an everyday physical world.
  • In our Saviour's darkest moment, when the darkness of the sun sacramentalised the darkness covering his soul, even then he cried, ‘My God, my God…?‘


Example sentences
  • Christ is sacramentally present in the fruitful reality of his one sacrifice.
  • Against this is a ‘culture and scheme of values’ in which one is born and sacramentally reborn into a community of authoritatively defined tradition.
  • In a similar vein, Harold Lewis notes the importance of covenant in framing our lives sacramentally and relationally.

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