The unique signs instituted by Christ that give the grace they signify. They are Baptism, Penance, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Anointing of the Sick. As long taught by the Church, the sacraments are defined by name and number; they produce grace "ex opere operato" (i.e., any sacrament administered properly with no obstacles gives grace, regardless of the holiness of the minister).
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