5.2 Key Sacraments
Article 146 - Obligation
Obligation is the third of the seven (7) Key Sacraments also known as the Keys of Heaven. The Sacrament of Obligation is the Key that unlocks the Living Virtue of Consistency and Fortitude. It is present in all fourteen of the Cardinal Sacraments and specifically in the most sacred Apostolic Life Sacrament of Epinioa. The Sacrament of Obligation may also be granted and conferred on its own in accordance with these Canons and associated approved liturgy.
The purpose of the sacrament of Obligation is the formal recognition and celebration of entrusting to the Divine Creator through a solemn consensual covenant certain promises which one or more persons bind themselves to honor and uphold. The meaning of Obligation is derived from the Latin word obligatio meaning “pledge, engagement, binding”.
The sacrament of Obligation comprises the completion of three separate and deliberate Acts in order: Act One being the Act of Consent, Act Two being the Act of Covenant and Act Three being the Act of Binding:
(ii) The Act of Covenant as Act Two is the existence of a mutally binding instrument; and