The Origins of the Eucharist
The Eucharist is most commonly associated with the Last Supper, an important event in the Bible recounting the meal shared between Jesus and his apostles. During this meal Jesus makes a statement about the bread and wine. He breaks the bread and says, "This is my body, that will be given up for you. (Luke 22:19)" He then takes the wine and says, "This is my blood of the everlasting covenant, which is poured for so many. (Matthew 26:28)" Jesus then ends the meal saying, "Do this in remembrance of Me. (Luke 22:19)" The Sacrament of the Eucharist stems from this belief that the bread is the Body of Christ, and the wine is the Blood of Christ. Something to take note of is that this meal shared by the disciples and Jesus was actually the Jewish meal of Passover as Jesus was a Jew. It is important to know Jesus didn't 'create' the Eucharist, it was instead developed by early Christians who started the Eucharist based on Jesus' actions. The Eucharist was originally referred to by Early Christians as "The Breaking of the Bread" however this changed as the Sacrament became more like the one we know today. They started by celebrating the Eucharist on a Sunday to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus then progressively introduced psalms and other forms of prayers and Scripture to the celebration of the Eucharist. This ultimately gave us the finalized version of the Sacrament we know today. This sacrament is considered to be the most important of all Catholic sacraments, CCC#1322 states "The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation." establishing just how crucial this Sacrament is to the Catholic Church.