The Eucharist

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The Eucharist

The Eucharist is celebrated during mass and this is where the body and blood of Jesus Christ is given to everyone. The bread symbolises the body of Christ and the wine symbolises the blood of Christ. Both the bread and the wine are symbols of nourishment to people’s spiritual life. Breaking the bread and taking the cup of wine are symbolic actions and symbolise communal nourishment. The Eucharistic celebration consists of: Gathering of communities, family and friends - Reconciliation- Proclaiming the Word- Listening to the Word- Giving of the gifts- Reflecting- Sharing the meal

Origins of the Eucharist

Christians recognise that in the final Passover meal of Jesus and his disciples is the origins of the Eucharist. This final Passover meal was called the Last Supper because this was the last meal that Jesus had before his death. The first Christians celebrated the Eucharist as part of a meal. As the number of Christians grew the Eucharist was increasingly celebrated in church during mass. Half the mass is the Liturgy of the Word and the other half is the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In the Liturgy of the Word, the Word of God is proclaimed and in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Jesus is made present under the form of bread and wine (body and Blood).

The Church teaches that during the Liturgy of the Eucharist the bread and wine on the altar become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. When this happens the church teaches that Jesus is now present in the mass through body, blood, soul and divinity and this is called the Divine Presence. This change of when the bread and wine is turned into body and blood is known as transubstantiation. When these elements are transubstantiated Christ's actual presences is there but remains the appearance of bread and wine. The Eucharist is also known as Holy Communion and is the third sacrament of initiation. The Eucharist is both a meal and a sacrifice because Jesus died for us and we are receiving his body and blood and this helps us grow in the likeness of Jesus.

Church Teachings

The Eucharist

Eucahristic Celebration

The Eucharist is one of the most important sacraments in the Catholic Church as it brings you closer to God and helps you to live a life through Jesus' teachings. The value of the Eucharist to the lives of Catholic Christians is that it is transformative, redemptive and it brings the whole body of Christ together in union to celebrate.

Value of the Eucharist


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