About The Sacraments
The Sacraments, or Mysteries, are outward signs which convey spiritual grace from God. The Orthodox Church often uses the term "Sacred Mystery" (or simply "Mystery"), because the sacrament cannot be explained by human reasoning and is thus a mystery.

The Orthodox Church recognizes seven principal sacraments - Eucharist (Holy Communion), Baptism, Chrismation (Confirmation), Holy Orders (the priesthood), Matrimony, Unction (healing), and Confession. Unlike Western churches, however, the Orthodox Church does not limit the number of sacraments to seven; in a general sense, everything that is done in the Church is sacramental or mystical.

At the beginning of every service in which a sacrament is to be performed, the priest intones, "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", whereas at other services, the more general "Blessed is our God, always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages" is used. Some sacraments are performed often, others are performed only once in a person's life.
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