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  • There was a little tremor in Tom’s voice as he uttered the last words, and Maggie’s ready affection came back with as sudden a glow as when they were children, and bit their cake together as a sacrament of conciliation.
  • The religion of the Dodsons consisted in revering whatever was customary and respectable; it was necessary to be baptized, else one could not be buried in the church-yard, and to take the sacrament before death, as a security against more dimly understood perils; but it was of equal necessity to have the proper pall-bearers and well-cured hams at one’s funeral, and to leave an unimpeachable will.

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  • Augustine defined a Christian sacrament as "a visible sign of an invisible reality."
  • A couple of the kids watched movies as if they were partaking of a sacrament, completely enthralled and religiously attentive.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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