1809 W. Davis Street, Dallas, Texas 75208. 

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas

In the earliest days of the Church, the three primary elements of initiation (water baptism, chrismation or sealing with oil, and sharing in the Eucharist) were seen as one initiatory movement or rite.  Over time, Western Christians, due to geography and theological development resulted in separate celebrations of these three elements into three sacraments of initiation we know today.  However, with the Second Vatican Council’s restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Christians of the West now have an element of that early historical practice even while upholding the theological development that allowed them to be celebrated separately. 

The Sacraments