Sacrament of Holy Eucharist

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I am the bread of life.  Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died.  But here you have the bread which comes from heaven so that you may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread which has come from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever.  The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world.  The Jews were arguing among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"  So Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.   He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.  My flesh is really food and my blood is drink.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives in me and I in him.  Just as the Father , who is life, sent me and I have life from the Father, so he who eats me will have life from me.  This is the bread which came from Heaven unlike that of your ancestors, who ate and later died.  He who eats this bread will live forever".  (John 6:48-59)

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said a blessing and broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."  Then he took a cup and gave thanks, and passed it to them saying, "Drink this, all of you, for this is my blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.   (Matthew 26:26-28)

What is the Holy Eucharist?  It is the Sacrament in which Jesus is really and physically present under the appearances of bread and wine.

Why is it also called "the Blessed Sacrament"?  Because it is the most blessed of all the Sacraments since it is Jesus Christ Himself.

When did Jesus make this Sacrament?  At the Last Supper, on the night before He died.

How could Jesus change bread and wine into His Body and Blood?  Jesus is God and therefore can do anything.

Did the bread and wine change their appearance?  No, the appearances of the bread and wine (taste, smell, colour, size, shape, weight) did not change, even though the bread and wine were actually changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus.  The entire substance of the bread and wine are changed into the substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus, thus the bread and wine no longer exist.  This change is called Transubstantiation.

Are both the Body and Blood of Christ present under the appearances of bread alone?  Yes, it is the living Christ who is present, that is, His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity are present both under the appearance of bread and under the appearance of wine.

Did Jesus give anyone the power of changing bread and wine into His Body and Blood?  Yes, to His twelve Apostles at the Last Supper, when He told them, "Do this in memory of me"  (Luke 22:19)

Did Jesus ordain that His Apostles hand this power down to others?  Yes, because He wanted all men to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood.

How did the Apostles hand down this power?  They handed it down by making other men priests and bishops through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

When does the priest change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?  At Mass, when he says, "This is My Body..." and "This is the cup of My Blood...."

Where is the Blessed Sacrament kept?  In a little safe called a tabernacle on the altar.

What is Holy Communion?  Receiving the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

What is necessary to receive Holy Communion worthily?  You have to be baptised Catholic and have no moral sin on your soul.  You should be fasting also.

Do you have to go to Confession first every time you receive Communion?  No, unless you have mortal sin on your soul.

What kind of sin is it to receive Communion unworthily?  To do do knowlingly and willingly is a mortal sin called a sacrilege.  "Therefore, if anyone eats of the bread or drinks from the cup of the Lord unworthily, he sins against the body and blood of the Lord.  Let each one, then, examine himself before eating of the bread and drinking from the cup.  Otherwise, he eats and drinks his own condemnation is not recognising the Body"  (1st Corinthians 11:27-29)

What does fasting mean?  Fasting means that, for one hour before receiving Communion, you have to stop eating solid foor and drinking all liquids except water.  It is very praiseworthy to observe the traditional fasting either from midnight or for three hours before receiving Communion.

How often do you have to receive Communion?  At least once a year, during the Easter Season, that is anytime from the 6th Sunday before Easter to the 8th Sunday after Easter.  This is called your Easter Duty.  The 6th Sunday before Easter is the First Sunday of Lent and the 8th Sunday after Easter is Trinity Sunday.

What kind of sin is it to miss your Easter Duty?  A mortal sin.

How often does a good Catholic receive Communion?  A good Catholic receives Communion every Sunday or every day if possible but only once on the same day.

What does the Holy Communion do for your soul?  It makes the Sanctifying Grace in your soul grow.

What else does Communion do for you?  Communion unites you with Jesus.  It is food for your soul to help you love God and obey His laws.  It is a promise of your resurrection and future glory in Heaven and it weakens your sinful inclinations.

 
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