WHAT DOES EUCHARIST MEAN?
The term Eucharist comes from a Greek word for “thanksgiving”. At mass the priest invites us in the Sacrifice of the Lord and we give thanks when he says “lift up your hearts... let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” These words introduce us to the word Eucharist and refer us to the understanding of the body and blood of Christ. When we take the Eucharist, we thank the Lord for how grateful we are for all the Sacrifices he made.
THE ORIGINS OF EUCHARIST
The Roman Catholic Church teachers us the beginning of the Holy Sacrament Eucharist. We are here to believe that Jesus’ last ever meal was with his 12 Disciples, and is referred to as The Last Supper. Jesus prayed and thanked God for the meal he and his Disciples were about to eat. He then broke the bread and shared the wine with his Disciples and explained to them how the bread was a symbol of his body broken for them and the wine to symbolize his blood which would be poured out of their sins and be forgiven. After the meal Jesus washed his Disciples feet like a servant. Peter the Disciple of Jesus did not feel right having Jesus wash his feet but Jesus said that he was doing it to be an example to them. Now the Disciples would be able to wash each other’s feet, meaning they could be servants to other.
EXPLANATION OF THE BELIEF IN TRANSUBSTANTIATION
At the Last Supper Jesus sat down with his Disciples, preparing to celebrate the Passover with him. While they were eating Jesus took the bread broke it and gave it to his Disciples and said “take this and eat, this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it to them saying “Drink from it all of you, for this is my blood”. As Catholics we believe that through transubstantiation, Jesus’ risen body truly becomes a part of the Eucharist, and believe that at every mass the bread and wine are broken to symbolize the body of Jesus Christ.
THE EUCHARIST AS BOTH MEAL AND SACRIFICE
In the Eucharist we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ and the resurrection. We do this by taking the blessed bread which is broken and given to us and by taking the wine which is blessed and given to us. As Jesus taught us to believe, the Holy bread is changed into his body which was given up for us, and then wine is changed into his blood which was given up too. This leads us to believe that Jesus Sacrificed his life for us so that us humans could have our sins forgiven and can be judged when we enter eternal life.
SCRIPTURE RELEVANT TO THE EUCHARIST
"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the Disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" (Mt. 26:26-28)
STATEMENT FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND / OR CATHOLIC LEADER
“In the Eucharist, Christ is always renewing His gift of self, which He made on the Cross,” the pope said. “His whole life is an act of total sharing of self out of love.”
“It is so important to go to Mass on Sunday,” Pope Francis spontaneously added to the text of his February 5 audience, “not just to pray, but to receive Communion. It is a beautiful thing to do,” he said, for Sunday is “precisely the day of the resurrection of the Lord. That is why Sunday is so important to us.”
The Eucharist is at the heart of “Christian initiation,” together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself.
JESUS WILL ALWAYS FORGIVE US NO MATTER WHAT!
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