Why Is The Eucharist So Important
The Eucharist has always been one of the most important features of Christianity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church powerfully asserts the "Real Presence" of Jesus' body in the Eucharist; this is to provide evidence that the sacrament is not symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus but rather that it is his body and blood.
The Origins of the Eucharist
On the night that Jesus was deceived, which was on the night of The Last Super (Holy Thursday) Jesus Christ founded the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. Jesus ensured this to continue the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, so to delegate to his beloved partner, the church, a memorial of his death and resurrection. The Holy Eucharist mentions Christ's body and blood present in the consecrated host on the altar, and Catholics believe that the consecrated bread and wine are actually the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ.
Like all the sacraments the Eucharist has parallels in ordinary human experience and yet expands and transcends every human experience. The Eucharist is about all sorts of things remembering Jesus Christ and how he sacrificed himself for us. The Eucharist is to proclaim and listening to what the priest is saying. Forgiveness and reconciliation are a major part in the Eucharist.
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The Belief In Transubstantiation
Transubstantiation is the procedure by which the bread and wine of the Eucharist is distorted into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Catholics trust that through transubstantiation, the risen Jesus becomes truly present in the Eucharist.
Meal And Sacrifice
Sacrifice means to give something up for a certain amount of time or setting something pacifically to God. Jesus sacrificed his whole life for us and God. His death was an act of freedom. The Eucharist is identified as a sacrifice because it shows throughout the ages Jesus’ self-offering on the Cross. Through the Eucharist we can share in this sacrifice as if we had been present there. It is explicitly there that we make Jesus’ prayer of self-offering to the Father our own, and join our prayers to his.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Eucharist is the summary of the Catholic Faith. The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, The Seven Sacraments of the Church and The Sacraments of Christian Initiation. The Holy Eucharist completes Christian Initiation. The Eucharist is the effective sign and inspirational cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the conclusion both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the devotion men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Sacrifice, because it makes current the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church's contribution. The terms holy sacrifice of the Mass, "sacrifice of praise," spiritual sacrifice, pure and holy sacrifice are also used.
Scriptures Relevant To The Eucharist
Mark 14:22-24- While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
Luke 22:19- 20- And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
John 6:35- Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.