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Eucharist

Church's Teachings on Eucharist

The Eucharistic Celebration is an important element of the Catholic Church. The elements of the Eucharistic Celebration form the Mass. The Wine and Bread are symbols of the connection Catholics have with Christ. The wine and blood is consecrated to form the body and blood of Jesus. The Blood (wine) represents the connection to the Lamb blood from the Passover, whilst the Body (bread) refers to Jesus being the "bread of life". The use of Altar Bells during the consecration, historically to catch the attention of worshippers.

The origins of the Eucharist can be dated back to The Passover during the Old Testament. “Passover” is derived from Hebrew which translates to the God “passing over” the houses of Jews and killing the first born child during the Tenth Plague. The significance of The Passover is to observed the freedom of the Jews from slavery in Egypt after 400 years. The Passover's elements formed the basis of Jesus’ Last Supper. At the Last Supper, Jesus shared a Passover Meal with his disciples, where unleavened bread and wine were consecrated to be a representation of Jesus’ body and blood.

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Eucharistic Celebration

Source and Summit of Ecclesial LifeAccording to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Eucharist can be seen as a source and summit of Ecclesial Life as it is a sign and cause of divine life and the union of God with the Church. Through the Eucharist, the Church teaches Catholics to understand that the Eucharist celebration unites ourselves with the “heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.” (137)

The Eucharist is important in the lives of Catholic Christians as it provides freedom from sin, community and strengthens their relationship with God. The Eucharist provides a freedom of sin for Catholics as it allows Jesus to be in their soul and mind. This assists Catholics to make the right decisions as they grow closer to Christ. The Eucharist is valued by Catholics as a “community”, through the celebration of Mass everyday. The value of the Eucharist in Christian lives strengthens Catholics’ relationship with God, as through receiving the Body and Blood of Christ their union with Jesus is stronger.

Value of Eucharist in Catholic Lives

Economy of SalvationIn the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the “Economy of Salvation” reflects the salvation which is experienced in the celebration of the Eucharist. Throughout the Bible, the Eucharist is referred to as the “fruit of the earth” and “of the vine”. These gifts from the creator reflect the salvation delivered by Jesus for his people.

Christ’s TeachingsThe Meaning of Transubstantiation Transubstantiation is the process where the Eucharistic bread and wine is transformed to form the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Through Transubstantiation, Catholics believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. This process of the transformation of the bread and wine to the Body and Blood of Christ occurs when the priest recites Jesus’ words “This is my body” and “This is my blood”.

Christ’s TeachingsSacrament as a EucharistThe Eucharist is taught to be known as a "Sacrament" as it is instituted by Jesus and the Catholic Church. Through the Eucharist, the sacrament is instituted daily and reminds Catholics of Christs' union with his people.


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