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What Sacraments Do Lutherans Accept? PDF Print E-mail

Lutherans accept two Sacraments as God-given means for penetrating the lives of people with his grace.  Although they are not the only means of God's self-revelation, Baptism and Holy Communion are visible acts of God's love.

In Baptism, and it can be seen more clearly in infant Baptism, God freely offers his grace and lovingly establishes a new community.  It is in Baptism that people become members of Christ's Body on earth, the Church.   In Holy Communion -- often called the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist -- those who come to the table receive in bread and wine the body and blood of their Lord.  This gift is itself the real presence of God's forgiveness and mercy, nourishing believers in union with their Lord and with each other.