sacramental matter


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.

MLA Citation

  • “sacramental matter”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 June 2010. Web. 5 December 2021. <>