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. Cantalamessa on Dec. 18, 2020, teaching Francis and his henchmen The 86-year-old Modernist apostate Fr. 176 1 Tim 2:1-2. There are few mysteries of the faith where the mystery is so evident and therefore so exposed to the attacks of heresy and unbelief. Thus the mystery of the Eucharist summarizes the whole mystery of our redemption. 1392 What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion wonderfully achieves in our spiritual life. "164 Since Christ died for us out of love, when we celebrate the memorial of his death at the moment of sacrifice we ask that love may be granted to us by the coming of the Holy Spirit. To that which you are you respond "Amen" ("yes, it is true!") Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. For this reason, in a commentary on Luke 22:19 ('This is my body which is given for you. 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. . Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present. 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. The sacrament of Eucharist is the ultimate sacrament of initiation, where you become a part of god by sharing his body and blood through the sacrificial mean. He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks (in Greek: eucharistian) that we have been judged worthy of these gifts. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited. 227 Jn 6:57. Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. "140 "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. . Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 26,13:PL 35,1613; cf. 1,66,1-2:PG 6,428. 1381 "That in this sacrament are the true Body of Christ and his true Blood is something that 'cannot be apprehended by the senses,' says St. Thomas, 'but only by faith, which relies on divine authority.' . haeres. And likewise the cup after supper, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood.". 1 Cor 15:28. When the prayers are concluded we exchange the kiss. Put this body anywhere! 167 Cf. . 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. 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. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. It is called: You have tasted the Blood of the Lord, yet you do not recognize your brother,. 1351 From the very beginning Christians have brought, along with the bread and wine for the Eucharist, gifts to share with those in need. 180 Cf. 1336 The first announcement of the Eucharist divided the disciples, just as the announcement of the Passion scandalized them: "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it? This translates as “from the work worked” or “by the very fact of the action’s being performed. 1374 The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. 4,6,28:PL 16,446; cf. 147 Cf. 157 1 Cor 10:16. Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy.230 . - the liturgy of the Eucharist, with the presentation of the bread and wine, the consecratory thanksgiving, and communion. 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. But the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation loved by God is presented to the Father through the death and the Resurrection of Christ. The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, she commemorates Christ's Passover, and it is made present the sacrifice Christ offered once for all on the cross remains ever present.185 "As often as the sacrifice of the Cross by which 'Christ our Pasch has been sacrificed' is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out. Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed. "136 "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. 1354 In the anamnesis that follows, the Church calls to mind the Passion, resurrection, and glorious return of Christ Jesus; she presents to the Father the offering of his Son which reconciles us with him. 200 SC 7. 1328 The inexhaustible richness of this sacrament is expressed in the different names we give it. "202 "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."203. Catechism, no. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ. PART TWO 1 Cor 11:20; Rev 19:9. It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. 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. All have their own active parts to play in the celebration, each in his own way: readers, those who bring up the offerings, those who give communion, and the whole people whose "Amen" manifests their participation. 1 Thess 2:13. Mt 8:8. 244 Rev 1:4; 22 20; 1 Cor 16:22. . 1339 Jesus chose the time of Passover to fulfill what he had announced at Capernaum: giving his disciples his Body and his Blood: 1 Cor 11:23; Heb 7:24, 27. Indeed, the Lord said: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. . 1408 The Eucharistic celebration always includes: the proclamation of the Word of God; thanksgiving to God the Father for all his benefits, above all the gift of his Son; the consecration of bread and wine; and participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord's body and blood. ").219 And in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom the faithful pray in the same spirit: 1387 To prepare for worthy reception of this sacrament, the faithful should observe the fast required in their Church.220 Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest. 1329 The Lord's Supper, because of its connection with the supper which the Lord took with his disciples on the eve of his Passion and because it anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem.143 1335 The miracles of the multiplication of the loaves, when the Lord says the blessing, breaks and distributes the loaves through his disciples to feed the multitude, prefigure the superabundance of this unique bread of his Eucharist.158 The sign of water turned into wine at Cana already announces the Hour of Jesus' glorification. 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. 4,18,4:PG 7/1,1027; cf. . 1322-1323, 1409. 1396 The unity of the Mystical Body: the Eucharist makes the Church. Cap., who was made a fake cardinal by Francis on Nov.… 1355 In the communion, preceded by the Lord's prayer and the breaking of the bread, the faithful receive "the bread of heaven" and "the cup of salvation," the body and blood of Christ who offered himself "for the life of the world":181, V. THE SACRAMENTAL SACRIFICE THANKSGIVING, MEMORIAL, PRESENCE, 1356 If from the beginning Christians have celebrated the Eucharist and in a form whose substance has not changed despite the great diversity of times and liturgies, it is because we know ourselves to be bound by the command the Lord gave on the eve of his Passion: "Do this in remembrance of me."183. It makes manifest the fulfillment of the wedding feast in the Father's kingdom, where the faithful will drink the new wine that has become the Blood of Christ.159. . "226 Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: "As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. 1388 It is in keeping with the very meaning of the Eucharist that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions,221 receive communion when they participate in the Mass.222 As the Second Vatican Council says: "That more perfect form of participation in the Mass whereby the faithful, after the priest's communion, receive the Lord's Body from the same sacrifice, is warmly recommended. "These Churches, although separated from us, yet possess true sacraments, above all - by apostolic succession - the priesthood and the Eucharist, whereby they are still joined to us in closest intimacy." 1,67:PG 6,429. In her prayer she calls for his coming: "Marana tha!" 221 Cf. 218 1 Cor 11:27-29. The Eucharistic assembly (synaxis), because the Eucharist is celebrated amid the assembly of the faithful, the visible expression of the Church.149 Every time this mystery is celebrated, "the work of our redemption is carried on" and we "break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ."249. This word transforms the things offered.204 1389 The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during the Easter season.224 But the Church strongly encourages the faithful to receive the holy Eucharist on Sundays and feast days, or more often still, even daily. Having received the gift of love, let us die to sin and live for God. 1 Cor 10:16-17. Doctrine about the Eucharistic sacrament, sacrificial meal and sacrificial food: The Holy Eucharist is a true sacrament, instituted by Christ. 1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: "The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different." - the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit. In the Eucharist the Church is as it were at the foot of the cross with Mary, united with the offering and intercession of Christ. 1 Cor 11:26. 1360 The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification. 1391 Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ; they continue also to signify the goodness of creation. Like Christ who stretched out his arms on the cross, through him, with him, and in him, she offers herself and intercedes for all men. The Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church. The signs of bread and wine. Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. 174 Cf. . 241 Cf. 183 1 Cor 11:24-25. The whole Christ is present in either kind and is received by the communicant. He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks (in Greek: eucharistian) that we have been judged worthy of these gifts. The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. Now too are life and resurrection conferred on whoever receives Christ.228 CIC, can. The Greek words eucharistein141 and eulogein142 recall the Jewish blessings that proclaim - especially during a meal - God's works: creation, redemption, and sanctification. 1353 In the epiclesis, the Church asks the Father to send his Holy Spirit (or the power of his blessing180) on the bread and wine, so that by his power they may become the body and blood of Jesus Christ and so that those who take part in the Eucharist may be one body and one spirit (some liturgical traditions put the epiclesis after the anamnesis). 1416 Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the communicant's union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins, and preserves him from grave sins. "206, 1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. 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. . The liturgy of the Word and liturgy of the Eucharist together form "one single act of worship";172 the Eucharistic table set for us is the table both of the Word of God and of the Body of the Lord.173, 1347 Is this not the same movement as the Paschal meal of the risen Jesus with his disciples? 1388 It is in keeping with the very meaning of the Eucharist that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions,221 receive communion when they participate in the Mass.222 As the Second Vatican Council says: "That more perfect form of participation in the Mass whereby the faithful, after the priest's communion, receive the Lord's Body from the same sacrifice, is warmly recommended."223. 1390 Since Christ is sacramentally present under each of the species, communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace. The terms holy sacrifice of the Mass, "sacrifice of praise," spiritual sacrifice, pure and holy sacrifice are also used,150 since it completes and surpasses all the sacrifices of the Old Covenant. 1342 From the beginning the Church has been faithful to the Lord's command. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. THE EUCHARIST IN THE ECONOMY OF SALVATION IV. The whole Christ is present in either kind and is received by the communicant. "For what is the altar of Christ if not the image of the Body of Christ? Therefore we celebrate the Eucharist "awaiting the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ,"246 asking "to share in your glory when every tear will be wiped away. . The Greek words eucharistein141 and eulogein142 recall the Jewish blessings that proclaim - especially during a meal - God's works: creation, redemption, and sanctification. 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