Before you begin reflecting on the Holy Mass, please understand what it is and its role in the Christian life. It is necessary to start well by showing the basis of it and the other Holy Mysteries. In our Lord Jesus Christ, God, and Man. This foundation consists of the unshakeable basis of the expression that the Truth is the Person of Jesus Christ. Eucharist Sacrament points to the idea that our life is participation, experience, and communion with Jesus Christ as a person.
According to Bible, Eucharist Sacrament is communion, the sacrament by which in the form of bread and wine. The Christian shares in the Body and blood of the Lord, present in a natural way. Through the transformation of the elements: bread, and wine in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Holy Mass. It is also the moment when people remember the Last Supper from the times Jesus was still on earth. It is the most significant of all the sacraments because the Christian receives only divine grace through the other sacraments. Through the Holy Eucharist, he shares himself with the very source of grace. With the whole Lord Jesus Christ. They communicate with the fountain of grace itself. With the entire Body of Lord Jesus Christ.
Union with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist continually fulfills and grows relationships within the Church as the Body of Christ, thus fulfilling the work begun in Baptism and Confirmation. That is why the Holy Eucharist is, by excellence, the Mystery of the unity of the Church, one bread, one Body. We are many. We all partake of one bread.
What does Eucharist mean in the sacrament?
The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist means sharing and connecting with the Body and Blood of Jesus. The Saviour instituted it at the Last Supper; when taking the bread in His hands, He gave thanks and blessed, broke it, and gave it to His Holy Apostles, saying, This is my Body. Then, taking the cup and giving thanks, he told Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new law. The Saviour commanded the Apostles to do this in remembrance of Me.
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of remembering the sacrifice on the cross of the Savior Jesus Christ on the holy altars of the Savior Jesus Christ. It has all the gift elements—the sacrificer, offering, and bringing. And receiving from the words fringe, sprinkled, resulting in its character of the sacrifice of the cross.
But celebrated in an unbloody form, according to His prophecy. The moment of the offering is the prefiguration of the sacrificial gifts in the Body and blood of the Lord. By the priest or pastor pronouncing the words spoken by the Saviour. The Eucharist is also a remembrance of Christ’s whole saving work. According to the commandment given to the Apostles: Do this in remembrance of Me.
What is the Eucharist in simple terms?
He said to them, “I have longed to eat these Passovers with you before my passion, for I tell you that from now on, I will not eat them until their fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, thanked God, and said, “Take this cup and divide it among yourselves. For I say to you that I will not drink the fruit of the vine from now on until the Kingdom of God comes.” Then he took bread. And when he had given thanks to God, he broke it and gave it to them, saying: “This is my Body which is given for you. This does to My remembrance.” In the same way, when they had eaten, he took the cup and gave it to them, saying: “This cup is the new covenant, made in my blood which is shed for you.”
The Bible defines the Eucharist, in simple terms, as the Lord’s Supper. It is a divine service instituted in churches by Jesus and is periodically repeated on Sundays with bread and wine.
Because the Church wishes to fulfill the Lord’s command and bring Him glory for the supreme sacrifice, they share the bread and wine. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper on the feast of the Passover. The Passover shows man’s powerlessness in contrast to God’s incredible power. It was equally impossible for the Israelites of that time to free themselves from Egyptian bondage, and their deliverance was anchored in history by God’s redemptive act.
Key Verse related to the sacrament of the Eucharist
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
What happens during the sacrament of the Eucharist?
The Lord’s Supper reminds us that on the night he was sold, the night before his crucifixion. Jesus gave his disciples a solemn message to remember always that the bread and wine are symbols of his Body. Which was to be broken, and of his blood, which was to be shed for the forgiveness of sins. His death was the only means of our redemption from sin. Let us forget His death is the measure God took for our salvation. Jesus ordained the Lord’s Supper. And commanded it to be celebrated until His return.
At the moment of the Eucharist sacrament, we fully connect with the Body of Jesus and His Blood. By celebrating the Lord’s Supper, we are Christ’s redeemed nation, awaiting His return.
Until then, the Supper reminds us that history has meaning and life has hope. Jesus’ affirmation of His blood shed for many for the forgiveness of sins must be remembered until the end of history. To ignore it and choose another means of salvation is to deny God and reject the way of salvation offered by Him.
What do we receive from the sacrament of the Eucharist?
We ask from Christ that His Body and Blood be given to us by His hand, and we believe that through Holy Communion, we receive Christ. But we must also be able to see Jesus, with the eyes of faith and love, coming to each of us and, like his disciples, giving us the Holy Gifts through which he gives us. It is not the priest who gives us the gifts; above the priest, it is the Lord Himself who gives and gives Himself and is given to us.
From the Holy Eucharist, we receive bread and wine, which represent the Body and blood of Jesus, thus being in total union with Him.
The Lord’s Supper takes the place of the old covenant feast of the Passover. The Passover was fulfilled when Christ, the Paschal Lamb, laid down His life. Before His death, He instituted this new feast, the most sumptuous of the New Testament church. Under the new covenant. The blood of the Passover lamb was applied to the upper threshold. And the two doorposts protected the inhabitants of the house from death. The flesh of the lamb they ate gave them the power to flee from Egypt. And in the same way, the sacrifice of the Lamb of the Kingdom of Heaven protects us and offers freedom.
Why do we use bread and wine?
His Body was crushed for us, and His blood was shed for us; at the cross, He took upon Himself the punishment we deserved. Every time we take the Lord’s Supper, we should remember what the Lord has done for us. The Holy and Divine Liturgy is the heart of the Church, the center of the Christian life, and God’s self-giving for humanity. In the living Body, the Liturgy is the heart through which the Blood of God itself passes and gives life to the whole Body. The Saviour said at the Last Supper.
We use bread and wine because Jesus said so at the Last Supper. He also mentioned that the bread is his Body that breaks for the whole world’s sins. And that the wine is his blood that is shed for many people.
Christ’s sacrifice offers deliverance from death; believers are saved by partaking in His Body and blood. The Lord’s Supper proclaims that Christ’s death on the cross provides salvation and forgiveness and promises victory over sin.
Why do we eat the bread first and then the wine?
Holy Communion is the foundation and the fruit of the sacramental priesthood; it is the life of the Church; it is nourishment from the Body of God and becoming Eucharistic in Him. Just as the human body needs air, the Church needs the Eucharist, which is why, almost every day of the year, the Church celebrates Holy Mass.
According to the Holy Scriptures, this is the correct order described by Jesus. This was the order: He first offered the disciples bread and wine.
He breaks the Holy Bread saying: The Lamb of God is broken and divided, the One who is broken and never divided. The One who is eaten forever and never ends. We shall partake of a bread that is broken. Of the Body of the Saviour broken by His Passion. We’ll drink a wine that has been poured out, the Blood of the Lord shed for us on the cross.
We do not repeat the sacrifice of Calvary, but we spiritually make ourselves partakers of it. Every Eucharistic communion is an offering of the One who receives it. The One who takes connection lets himself be pierced by a flaming sword, and he dies to himself and is born again into a new creation and being.
Can children participate in the Eucharist sacrament?
The One who invites to dinner is God; the spread is the Kingdom of heaven. The places for the Supper have been prepared for the chosen generation, but when the called ones refuse. So God sends his apostles to proclaim the invitation to Supper to all the suffering and erring nations through the Gospel. The new people invited to the Supper are the Christian people. Through the baptismal water, they receive the garment with which they can reach the great Supper, the Kingdom of heaven. But also God offers us the Supper in this well, through which we can see one of the great ones in his Kingdom. To this Supper, he invites us every Sunday and feast.
The Bible clarifies that children cannot participate in the Eucharist service because it is only for people who realize that the bread is the Body of the One who sacrificed Himself for the world, and the wine is His blood.
In the future, when they understand who Christ is. They will be able to partake in the Lord’s Supper. Sharing the bread and wine reminds us that earthly things set us apart no matter what. We are all sinners and always in need of grace. The Lord’s Supper should help us all to become aware of our duties. To the Lord and also to the other members of His Holy Body.
- The Apostles and the Church regularly celebrated the Holy Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, in the Holy Mass, the center of worship. It is unlike any other supper or meal. And the Lord’s Supper or the Lord’s Cup differs from feasts and the cup of demons.
- In the icon, the Communion of the Apostles, we see how the Lord offers His Body and Blood to the twelve disciples.
- Sunday is Lord’s Day when for our soul, we must be in His House, that is, in the Church, the place of our salvation. Where we receive the Holy Sacraments, which open the gates of the Kingdom of God.
The communion of all Christians in both forms, with the Body and Blood of the Lord, is of apostolic origin, commanded and practiced by Christ Himself. Since the 13th century, among Catholics, only the priestly ministers have received the Body and Blood. And the community only with the Body.