- Roman Catholic Church. an action, as the sign of the cross, a ceremony resembling a sacrament, or a sacred object, regarded as being instituted by the church rather than by Christ and serving as a means of receiving sanctifying grace.
Origin of sacramental
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Examples from the Web for sacramentals
Here mention will be made of some of the most common of the sacramentals that have not already been treated.Mary, Help of Christians
- of, relating to, or having the nature of a sacrament
- bound by or as if by a sacrament
- RC Church a sacrament-like ritual action, such as the sign of the cross or the use of holy water
Word Origin and History for sacramentals
late 14c., from Old French sacramental or directly from Late Latin sacramentalis, from sacramentum (see sacrament). As a noun, "religious practice or object," mid-15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper