Compendium of Sacramentals: Encyclopedia of the Church's Blessings, Signs, and Devotions

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The Catholic Faith posseses a treasury of devotions, prayers, and rituals to draw us deeper into the spiritual life. Among these gifts, sacramentals hold a unique and vital place in the lives of all who seek God’s grace. From rosaries and crucifixes to medals and relics, from bells and candles to salts and scapulars, these seemingly ordinary signs, when woven into our everyday lives, sanctify us and better prepare us to “receive the fruit of the sacraments” (CCC 1677).

Compendium of Sacramentals explores this vast and fascinating world, giving us keen insights and a deeper understanding of the power of sacramentals. Readers will discover:

  • The differences between the Church’s three groups of sacramentals: blessings, exorcisms, and pious devotions
  • The history, development, and spiritual reality behind each sacramental
  • How sacramentals can become the chief instrument for disposing us to the seven sacraments of the Church
  • Thorough explanations of devotions, including those familiar and unfamiliar
  • Theological foundations for the belief that sacramentals are sources of grace that help Christians achieve sanctification and strengthen them on their journey to heaven
  • Useful tips on defending each sacramental from both longstanding and modern objections
  • In-depth guidance and instruction on using and practicing sacramentals
  • A comprehensive understanding of the scriptural roots of various sacramentals
  • Moving wisdom from the saints, popes, Church Fathers, and theologians on incorporating sacramentals into every aspect of daily life

For converts seeking to immerse themselves in their newfound faith, as well as lifelong Catholics wanting to deepen their faith, Compendium of Sacramentals is an invaluable resource on the journey to heaven.


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Shaun McAfee

7 Reviews

  • 5
    A Beautiful Treasure-Trove of Traditions

    Posted by Anne Marie Sweden on Jan 23rd 2024

    Whatever the reason you're buying this Compendium (homeschool, home library, church library, gi…

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  • 5
    The best, most concise book

    Posted by Melanie on Jan 2nd 2024

    Love it! Every Catholic home should have one. Go to book for anything you wanted to know about sacra…

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  • 5
    Excellent collection of info on sacramentals - perfect for the convert!

    Posted by Christine Flynn on Jan 1st 2024

    As a convert to Catholicism, I'm acutely aware of how overwhelming it is to absorb the richness…

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  • 5
    Compendium of Sacrementals

    Posted by Dianna on Dec 15th 2023

    This is a very good book to read and to use as reference. It also makes a great gift.

  • 5
    A Must Have

    Posted by Deacon Steve Boatwright on Dec 4th 2023

    This is a great for every Catholic home library. It will increase your knowledge, love and apprecia…

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  • 5
    Compendium of the Sacraments

    Posted by Deacon Danny Rodriguez on Dec 4th 2023

    Very good book for those who are starting there journey in the faith. Great review for those who are…

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  • 5
    Expertly crafted and enjoyable to read

    Posted by Matthew Eusterman on Nov 25th 2023

    What a great book! I purchased a copy for a gift for my mother's birthday and after thumbing t…

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