Eucharist

Eucharist

Define:

When you go up in the middle of the mass to receive the body of Christ. The priest says a passage and blesses the bread. Ritual:
Left hand on top of you right hand ready to receive the body of Christ, sign of the cross, preying after you receive it.

Symbols:

The chalice, body and blood of Christ, sign of the cross.

The Eucharist:

The Eucharist is a part of the mass. We accept the body and blood of Christ. We believe that when we eat the body, Bread, and drink the blood, wine, we are filled with Jesus’ good faith and love. The priest blesses the bread and says ‘this is the lamb of god who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper’
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Promise of the Holy Eucharist
Jesus said:
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6, 35).
They were shocked and murmured because he said that he was the bread from heaven giving eternal life. This was a claim to be divine. But Jesus repeated more emphatically what he had said, and added to it:
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats of this bread, will live for ever” (John 6, 48-5 1).
This was startling enough, but his next words were amazing:
“And the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (John 6, 51).
Christ is saying here what he said on many other occasions, that he came from God the Father to give new life to all people. As food gives natural life, he would give supernatural life. Only those would receive it who believed what he taught. But they had to do more than believe in his word. They had to accept him completely and without reserve. To such he would be united, as food is united to the body, and they would live his life.
Most of his hearers would not accept that he came down from heaven. Nor would they accept that he could give them the life of God. They protested strongly. But he did not take back what he had said. He insisted upon it. He repeated his promise, stressed it and even went much further. He made it clear he was not merely using a figure of speech. In a mysterious way, to be made known later, he would give himself as real food and drink to those who believed in him:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.” (John 6, 53-58).
Most of his hearers refused to believe him. Many even of his disciples lost faith in him and went away. He did not call them back and tell them they had misunderstood him. He turned to the twelve Apostles and said: “Will you also go away?” as if to say: “If you will not accept this teaching, you are not my followers.” Simon Peter, as on many other occasions, spoke in the name of them all:
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6, 68-69).

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