A theological term designating the material element of a sacrament; e.g., water in Baptism. From the institution by Christ, the matter is an essential part of a sacrament, so that the use of valid matter by the minister is necessary for a valid sacrament.
- “sacramental matter”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 12 June 2010. Web. 5 May 2016. <http://catholicsaints.info/sacramental-matter/>