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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
  • "I see why the Church says it is a sacrament," Jamie said dreamily.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It’s not the combination of holy sacrament, Indian torture and sexual ecstasy that you seem to make of it.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Roman Catholics practice confession as a sacrament, sharing their sins and shortcomings with a priest.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Because we have not tasted the sacrament of palm nuts?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The white missionary was very proud of him and he was one of the first men in Umuofia to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, or Holy Feast as it was called in Ibo.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • "Ah, madam, it is a great sacrament," replied the priest, passing his hand over the thin grizzled strands of hair combed back across his bald head.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He remained there for a fortnight, preaching, administering the sacrament, teaching, exhorting.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • No one can tell me that confession is not just as important a sacrament as communion.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • It is their extra sacrament.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • As I sat through that sacrament meeting, observing those women smile and nod and kowtow, my warped little mind wondered if any of them ever dreamed about really hot guys.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Ah just come from taking sacrament at the church house.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • At that moment other steps were heard; the crowd in the passage parted, and the priest, a little, grey old man, appeared in the doorway bearing the sacrament.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • On the third night, Esteban sent for the priest and amidst the enormous shadows Manuel received the sacrament, and died.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Her glass of water from the kitchen tap when she had approached the sacrament.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And God said ’For this shall a man leave his father and his mother, and they shall be two in one flesh; and then was instituted the divine sacrament of marriage, with such ties that death alone can loose them.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Some boys giggle and he roars at them that if the giggling doesn’t stop it’s not Holy Communion they’ll be getting but the Last Rites and what is that sacrament called, McCourt?
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Now, will ye send for a priest, that we may receive our sacrament, and receive the blessed body of our Lord Jesus Christ?
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • For the real presence of the Enemy, otherwise experienced by men in prayer and sacrament, we substitute a merely probable, remote, shadowy, and uncouth figure, one who spoke a strange language and died a long time ago.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • On the Sunday in St. Peter’s week Darya Alexandrovna drove to mass for all her children to take the sacrament.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The Fifth Libation, Langdon realized, having read firsthand accounts of this sacrament in John Quincy Adams’s Letters on the Masonic Institution.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • These two are to be sold tomorrow, in the same lot with the St. Clare servants; and the gentleman to whom they belong, and to whom the money for their sale is to be transmitted, is a member of a Christian church in New York, who will receive the money, and go thereafter to the sacrament of his Lord and theirs, and think no more of it.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Now, will ye send for a priest, that we may receive our sacrament, and receive the blessed body of our Lord Jesus Christ?
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • And if we’re mistaken, well! they give the sacrament to men who’re unconscious, you know.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • No; she had died for love of him, and love would always be a sacrament to him now.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Y’see,—some churches say that marriage is a sacrament.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • At the same time, it was understood to be requisite for all who were not household servants, or young men, to take the sacrament at one of the great festivals: Squire Cass himself took it on Christmas-day; while those who were held to be "good livers" went to church with greater, though still with moderate, frequency.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The father crossed himself, nodded a scared-rabbit kind of thank you, and hurried out to report the sacrament to his wife.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • I have scarcely heard of a truer sacrament, that is, as the dictionary defines it, "outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace," than this, and I have no doubt that they were originally inspired directly from Heaven to do thus, though they have no Biblical record of the revelation.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • But there is no telling the sacrament, seldom if in any case revealed to the gadding world, wherever under circumstances at all akin to those here attempted to be set forth, two of great Nature’s nobler order embrace.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Now if I had done such a thing it would have been different, and not remarkable, for I at least don’t regard marriage as a sacrament.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Literal rebirth—surviving a deadly situation—is certainly a part of it, just as symbolic rebirth is the point of the sacrament of baptism, in which taking the new believer completely underwater causes him to die out of his old self and to be reborn in his identity as a follower of Christ.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He received the sacrament with tears in his eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • They even, almost, said that marriage was a sacrament; but neither Miss Florence nor Miss Emily could quite bring herself to utter the word.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • "As you can see, Tradd," I said, "sex is a sacrament to our Italian roommates."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But when the sacrament was carried in and they were led up to it, at once the "possession" ceased, and the sick women were always soothed for a time.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • As Christ’s servants we offer a refuge for people in need and a promise of atonement through prayer and the sacrament of baptism.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Then their sister, with much augmented confidence in the efficacy of the sacrament, poured forth from the bottom of her heart the thanksgiving that follows, uttering it boldly and triumphantly in the stopt-diapason note which her voice acquired when her heart was in her speech, and which will never be forgotten by those who knew her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • However, she was not quite so pale, and her face had an expression of serenity as if the sacrament had cured her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 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.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …preparations as these meant additional delay and expense, or that Clyde might not marry her after all, or that this proposed marriage from the point of view of both was the tarnished and discolored thing that it was, was still not sufficient to take from the thought of marriage as an event, or sacrament even, that proper color and romance with which it was invested in her eyes and from which, even under such an unsatisfactory set of circumstances as these, it could not be divorced.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • If it will satisfy you, I will receive the sacrament upon it never to see his face again.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • What stands between them is a sacrament of the Church.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • John studied the label with the devout attention a good Christian might give to the holy sacrament.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • And here within this mile is the Suffragan of Carlisle that shall give you the sacrament of baptism.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • His brothers and cousins, discouraged by his experience, had taken wives without the marriage sacrament.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Do; I’ll take the sacrament on ’t, how and which way you will.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • It would have wearied a new congregation; but to-morrow I purpose administering the sacrament, Do you commune, my young friend?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • He attends Mass and takes the sacrament regularly, although Kennedy bridles when photographers shoot pictures of him leaving confession.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
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