Baptism is an example of a sacrament in the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches.
- In the Eastern, Roman Catholic, and some other Western Christian churches, any of the traditional seven rites that were instituted by Jesus and recorded in the New Testament and that confer sanctifying grace.
- In most other Western Christian churches, the two rites, Baptism and the Eucharist, that were instituted by Jesus to confer sanctifying grace.
Origin of sacrament
- Middle English from Old French sacrement from Late Latin sacrāmentum from Latin oath from sacrāre to consecrate from sacer sacr- sacred sacred
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ecclesiastical Latin sacrÄmentum (“sacrament"), from Latin sacrÅ (“hallow, consecrate"), from sacer (“sacred, holy"), originally sum deposited by parties to a suit.