Definition of sacramental in US English:



  • 1Relating to or constituting a sacrament or the sacraments.

    • ‘These two men struggled with the validity of Anglican orders and sacramental theology.’
    • ‘So construed, the church's sacramental rites do not change anything or start anything; they register change that has already happened and announce situations that have already begun.’
    • ‘He stayed close to the church through sacramental practice and networks of friendly priests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In many dioceses, including my own, the bishop also appoints a priest to provide the sacramental ministry critical to parish life.’
    • ‘Not all congregations will support this ministry, depending upon their sacramental theology and denominational affiliation.’
    • ‘While devout Catholics will readily agree that the Church is fundamentally a sacramental communion, it is also true that the Church must operate as an institution.’
    • ‘I have found the sacramental life of worship in which my personal life has been shaped by entering into the Christian story and having God transform my life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is given to us again each day in the Eucharist, in which the paschal mystery is renewed: in a sacramental, mystical way the sacrifice of Christ is made present with its culmination in the mystery of the resurrection.’
    • ‘God's mandate, God's empowerment in us and through us is a sacramental act that brings blessing upon the one who acts and the one acted upon.’
    • ‘Indeed, Catholicism embodies a rich sacramental tradition, graced moments of encounter with another that can never be adequately expressed in propositions.’
    • ‘Here is also found the Spirit's role not just in the ecclesial sacraments, but in the sacramental consecration of the entire material cosmos, as consistently envisioned by the Eastern Orthodox tradition.’
    • ‘When the dramatic decline in the number of candidates for the priesthood is factored in, the threat to the sacramental mission of the church weighs heavily on today's ordained ministers.’
    • ‘Can sacramental confession accommodate that cultural shift?’
    • ‘Our participation in the sacramental life of the church is to be participation in the process of our salvation.’
    ceremonial, ritualistic, prescribed, set, formal, stately, solemn, dignified, celebratory, liturgical
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    1. 1.1 Attaching great importance to sacraments.
      ‘Catholic theology, incarnational and sacramental’
      • ‘It is the task of our teachers in this time of transition to remind us that we are different because we are sacramental, and that we are sacramental because we believe grace is everywhere.’
      • ‘For those in the sacramental tradition of the Christian community, the presence of the Spirit is identified with the elements of the mass and icons of the Lord.’
      • ‘Catholics, therefore, are a sacramental people and the Eucharist is the center of Catholic life.’
      • ‘For them the Christian life has been understood as essentially sacramental, incarnate and corporate.’


  • An observance analogous to but not reckoned among the sacraments, such as the use of holy water or the sign of the cross.

    • ‘For about thirteen years, I've been serving as a Catholic lay volunteer to bring prayer, the Eucharist, and sacramentals inside the walls of Florida's prison.’
    • ‘‘Good manners,’ he observes, ‘are like sacramentals - outer signs of inner grace.’’
    • ‘However, a Catholic would say that Torah is a sacramental of the grace which finds its ultimate source and summit in the person of Christ, since he is the God who gave the Torah.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Here I will try to examine contemporary Catholic attitudes and responses, especially toward what we have traditionally called the sacramentals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He laments the passing of sacramentals such as a proliferation of statues and praying the rosary.’