The Eucharist

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The Eucharist

The Eucharist

The Church teaching on the EucharistFor the first three centuries the Eucharist was celebrated in the houses and homes of Christians. But during times of persecution, it was celebrated in secret, in catacombs and other hidden spots. The liturgy around the core of the Eucharist, the re-enactment of Jesus' words and actions at the Last Supper, developed gradually. After these the leader of the community would pray spontaneous prayers of thanks and praise over the bread and wine, recalling especially the acts of God in Jesus Christ before breaking the bread and sharing the cup.

The Eucharistic Celebration Bread and wine are key symbols in the celebration of the eucharist as they are symbols of nourishment and food the Christian journey. Believer take part in the Eucharist to give thanks to God. "Do this in remembrance of me". It gives the community strength. The Eucharist calls us into communion with each one another. A gathering of Church members is the Body of Christ. The gathered faithful are in spiritual union with Christ.

The histroy of the EucaristThe Eucharist originated in the words and actions of Jesus at the last supper. The acts of the apostles shows that the eucharist was one of the corner stones of christian life and identity from earliest times. Since Christianity grew from Jewish roots, the development of the eucharist was influenced by Jewish practice and prayer. The basic shape of the Eucharist is established in these early texts: Bread and wine are taken, thanks and praise are offered to God over them, the bread is broken and the bread and wine receieved by all. The meaning of the Eucharist is also established in the tets of the scripture: the Eucharist proclaims and makes present through the ages the mystery of the life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Transubstantiation is the conversion of the substance of the Eucharistic elements into the body and blood of Christ at consecration, only the appearances of bread and wine still remaining.


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