the origins of the Eucharist
The Origins of the Eucharist developed as a result of the Last supper. During the Last supper Jesus and his disciples had a meal which involved bread and wine. During this meal Jesus told his disciples to eat the bread and wine in his memory. Nowadays we know the Holy Eucharist to be a time of sacrament and sacrifice. "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." - Luke 22:19
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What is the belief in Transubstantiation?
Transubstantiation is extremely important to the Catholic faith as it is the breaking of the bread and the drinking of the wine which is represents the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Catholics believe that through transubstantiation that Jesus rising becomes part of the Eucharist.
The Eucharist as both a meal and sacrifice
The reason why the Eucharist is represent as both a meal and a sacrifice as the Eucharist contains the blood, body and soul of Jesus Christ. The body and blood is not just offered to an individual but is rather received through Holy Communion. The Sacrifice element of the Eucharist is when Jesus Christ died in order to save our sins. He was then buried and rose from the dead before ascending into heaven. This is shown through a meal of bread representing his body and wine representing his blood.
Scripture relevant to the eucharist
"So he went into stay with them. He sat down to eat with them, took the bread and said the blessing then he broke the bread and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight." Luke 24:29-31. This scripture reference is relevant to the Eucharist as it describes two disciples who see Jesus post resurrection. The only recognize Jesus when he breaks and shares bread which he has blessed for the disciples.
Catechism of the catholic church and/or catholic leaders
Bishop John Paul statement that Catechism of the Catholic Church is the "Guarding the deposit of the faith is the mission which the lord entrusted to his church and which he fulfills in every age."
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