Walking with them he explained the Scriptures to them; sitting with them at table "he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them."174. 1383 The altar, around which the Church is gathered in the celebration of the Eucharist, represents the two aspects of the same mystery: the altar of the sacrifice and the table of the Lord. Jn 6. 1393 Holy Communion separates us from sin. Then we all rise together and offer prayers* for ourselves . Jn 2:11; Mk 14:25. Advent Apologetics: Is It Reasonable to Believe That Jesus is God? CIC, can. . The Eucharist. In the institution narrative, the power of the words and the action of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, make sacramentally present under the species of bread and wine Christ's body and blood, his sacrifice offered on the cross once for all. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. 187 Lk 22:19-20. PART TWO 1345 As early as the second century we have the witness of St. Justin Martyr for the basic lines of the order of the Eucharistic celebration. Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. He is high priest of the New Covenant; it is he himself who presides invisibly over every Eucharistic celebration. 917; The faithful may recieve the Holy Eucharist only a second time on the same day [CF. We use the words “really, truly, and substantially” because there His presence is real. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. "182 Before the greatness of this mystery St. Augustine exclaims, "O sacrament of devotion! 150 Heb 13:15; cf. 4,18,5:PG 7/l,1028. "183 1379 The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent outside of Mass. 1413 By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Heb 9:14,27. "177 The presentation of the offerings at the altar takes up the gesture of Melchizedek and commits the Creator's gifts into the hands of Christ who, in his sacrifice, brings to perfection all human attempts to offer sacrifices. 241 Cf. It is the very action of Christ at the Last Supper - "taking the bread and a cup." When Jesus instituted the Eucharist, he gave a new and definitive meaning to the blessing of the bread and the cup. . 1417 The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion when they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges them to do so at least once a year. 1418 Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. III. THE EUCHARIST - "PLEDGE OF THE GLORY TO COME". The bishop of the place is always responsible for the Eucharist, even when a priest presides; the bishop's name is mentioned to signify his presidency over the particular Church, in the midst of his presbyterium and with the assistance of deacons. haeres. As the centuries rolled on, he sent prophets to In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation loved by God is presented to the Father through the death and the Resurrection of Christ. For this reason, in a commentary on Luke 22:19 ('This is my body which is given for you. Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. In all the Eucharistic Prayers we find after the words of institution a prayer called the anamnesis or memorial. 240 UR 22 § 3. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified « prev: next » Full Initiation (1322-1323) Those baptized and confirmed are fully initiated into the Church by receiving first Eucharist. And St. Ambrose says about this conversion: THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION. When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying: 'Amen.' 1409 The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ's Passover, that is, of the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action. Indeed, the Lord said: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. The life of man - to know and love God nn. and prepared the passover. 137 PO 5. 27,4:PG 61,229-230; cf. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present. 1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation. The sacrament of reconciliation spiritually heals us so we can receive the Eucharist after receiving absolution for our sins. Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church are included below as information for teachers. 1331 Holy Communion, because by this sacrament we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body.151 We also call it: the holy things (ta hagia; sancta)152 - the first meaning of the phrase "communion of saints" in the Apostles' Creed - the bread of angels, bread from heaven, medicine of immortality,153 viaticum. "To visit the Blessed Sacrament is . . 1346 The liturgy of the Eucharist unfolds according to a fundamental structure which has been preserved throughout the centuries down to our own day. 28,16-19: CCL 19A,813-814. '"212, Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived; How says trusty hearing? These ever-changing accidents are united within one unchanging substance that ceases to exist only when the apple ceases to exist (such as when it is eaten and digested). 1339 Jesus chose the time of Passover to fulfill what he had announced at Capernaum: giving his disciples his Body and his Blood: 1376). It is in representing him that the bishop or priest acting in the person of Christ the head (in persona Christi capitis) presides over the assembly, speaks after the readings, receives the offerings, and says the Eucharistic Prayer. [It is called] the Breaking of Bread, because Jesus used this rite, part of a Jewish meal when as master of the table he blessed and distributed the bread, above all at the Last Supper. 8:1;SCh 10,138. Could not Christ's word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? Gerard Manley Hopkins. The "cup of blessing"157 at the end of the Jewish Passover meal adds to the festive joy of wine an eschatological dimension: the messianic expectation of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. 1,67:PG 6,429. Ps 104:13-15. ":161 the Lord's question echoes through the ages, as a loving invitation to discover that only he has "the words of eternal life"162 and that to receive in faith the gift of his Eucharist is to receive the Lord himself. 22,19:PG 72,912; cf. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Since he has the ministry of Peter in the Church, the Pope is associated with every celebration of the Eucharist, wherein he is named as the sign and servant of the unity of the universal Church. They went . . . The Eucharist (1322-1419) Source and Summit of Church Life; The History of Salvation; Subsequent language editions were published in 1994. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. . For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch. Having received the gift of love, let us die to sin and live for God. …, God did not reveal his plan of the ages all at once. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 1359 The Eucharist, the sacrament of our salvation accomplished by Christ on the cross, is also a sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for the work of creation. Because this bread and wine have been made Eucharist ("eucharisted," according to an ancient expression), "we call this food Eucharist, and no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught. ; Lk 22:19 ff. A certain communion, Ecclesial communities derived from the Reformation and separated from the Catholic Church, "have not preserved the proper reality of the Eucharistic mystery in its fullness, especially because of the absence of the sacrament of Holy Orders.". "135 1358 We must therefore consider the Eucharist as: - thanksgiving and praise to the Father; 173 Cf. 232 St. Fulgentius of Ruspe, Contra Fab. 175 Cf. "201 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained. . 229 PO 5. Let our adoration never cease.211 177 St. Irenaeus, Adv. 1375 It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ's body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. A Pew Research poll released last week showed that just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ.We thought it might be a good time to give a refresher on what the Church actually teaches.The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word eucharistein, which means “thanksgiving.” It is the memorial sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood, presented under the form of bread and wine, which is offered to the Father for the forgiveness of sins. 149 Cf. "134 "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. '), St. Cyril says: 'Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie. Day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts. . . "223 In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. It displays two great parts that form a fundamental unity: - the gathering, the liturgy of the Word, with readings, homily and general intercessions; - the liturgy of the Eucharist, with the presentation of the bread and wine, the … What is gathered is given to him who presides to assist orphans and widows, those whom illness or any other cause has deprived of resources, prisoners, immigrants and, in a word, all who are in need.179 "166 238 UR 15 § 2; cf. . 20,2:SCh 10,76. . The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 1374 states: “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with … Christians come together in one place for the Eucharistic assembly. Jesus' passing over to his father by his death and Resurrection, the new Passover, is anticipated in the Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist, which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover of the Church in the glory of the kingdom. Indeed, the Lord said: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 230 St. Ambrose, De Sacr. John 6 is the best starting place for a discussion on the Eucharist. He is high priest of the New Covenant; it is he himself who presides invisibly over every Eucharistic celebration. . Then, sometimes in procession, the bread and wine are brought to the altar; they will be offered by the priest in the name of Christ in the Eucharistic sacrifice in which they will become his body and blood. 1 Cor 15:28. Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed. This is how Israel understands its liberation from Egypt: every time Passover is celebrated, the Exodus events are made present to the memory of believers so that they may conform their lives to them. 248 2 Pet 3:13. 2 Cor 11:26. 193 Council of Trent (1562): DS 1743. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love.163 In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection, and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return; "thereby he constituted them priests of the New Testament. In the intercessions, the Church indicates that the Eucharist is celebrated in communion with the whole Church in heaven and on earth, the living and the dead, and in communion with the pastors of the Church, the Pope, the diocesan bishop, his presbyterium and his deacons, and all the bishops of the whole world together with their Churches. They unanimously agreed that the Eucharist represented in a physical and real way the body and blood of Christ Moreover, it was common in Church history for doctrines to be officially defined (and terms to be created for those definitions) only when heresy had to be combated. …, Here are four ways we can pray better: 1) We can pray as Jesus and His saints have taught us (Luke Lk 24:13-35. We speak of the Most Blessed Sacrament because it is the Sacrament of sacraments. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. But unlike the old Passover, the Eucharist is our new Passover and represents the sacrifice of the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). The sacrificial memorial of Christ and of his Body, the Church Communion with the flesh of the risen Christ, a flesh "given life and giving life through the Holy Spirit,"229 preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism. And likewise the cup after supper, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood. So, for example, an apple (a substance) has many accidents. O Son of God, bring me into communion today with your mystical supper. 1412 The essential signs of the Eucharistic sacrament are wheat bread and grape wine, on which the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked and the priest pronounces the words of consecration spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper: "This is my body which will be given up for you. And just as the lamb of the old Passover was consumed, Christ, the new Passover lamb, must also be consumed. Mt 26:17-29; Mk 14:12-25; 1 Cor 11:23-26. However these ecclesial communities, "when they commemorate the Lord's death and resurrection in the Holy Supper . . Do this in remembrance of me." 171 St. Justin, Apol. . . The Breaking of Bread, because Jesus used this rite, part of a Jewish meal when as master of the table he blessed and distributed the bread,144 above all at the Last Supper.145 It is by this action that his disciples will recognize him after his Resurrection,146 and it is this expression that the first Christians will use to designate their Eucharistic assemblies;147 by doing so they signified that all who eat the one broken bread, Christ, enter into communion with him and form but one body in him.148 The whole community thus joins in the unending praise that the Church in heaven, the angels and all the saints, sing to the thrice-holy God. 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