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The Roman Catholic church recognizes seven sacraments:
- The Eucharist
- Holy Orders
- Extreme Unction (the sacrament of anointing of the sick, especially
when administered to the dying)
The Protestant churches for the most part only recognise Baptism and
the Eucharist because these alone can be proved from Scripture to have
been instituted by Christ himself. Protestant churches do have formal
ceremonies for matrimony, but it is not regarded as a sacrament.
Different forms of Christianity celebrate different festivals and
observe different holy days, but all forms observe (though might not
celebrate it in the same way) the following 6 holy days:
- Christmas: 25th December. Marks the birth of Jesus
- Epiphany: 6 January. Marks the Journey of Three
Kings to worship Jesus in Bethlehem
- Good Friday: The Friday before Easter (March/April),
it commemorates Jesus’ passion (suffering) on the cross.
- Easter: (March/April) Marks the resurrection of
Jesus from the tomb.
- Ascension: Forty days after Easter, the ascension
of Christ to heaven is commemorated.
- Pentecost: The seventh Sunday after Easter. Marks
the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, which began the
work of the Church.