Does the Catholic Eucharist hold the real presence of the Body and Blood of Christ? What do Catholics say about the Holy Eucharist?
The Eucharist celebrated during a Catholic Mass is the sacrificial offering of Jesus being perpetuated throughout time. Jesus lovingly gave his life for us, so we can go to heaven.
The Gospel of Luke Chapter 22: 19-20 states;
Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me”.
And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”.
Jesus’ own words are the main reason, that Catholic Christians believe that the Holy Eucharist contains the real body and blood of Christ.
Jesus requested his apostles; “Do this in remembrance of me”. Starting from the Fathers of the early church, it is only the Catholic Church who follows this request of Jesus up until now.
Most other newly formed churches celebrate a Lords Supper with biscuits and drink. That is not the same as the Catholic Eucharist which is a sacrificial offering during holy mass, consecrated by an ordained priest who is a follower of the Church created by Christ on Peter.
Another reason to believe that the Catholic Eucharist contains the real body and blood of Christ is, the Eucharistic miracles around the world. Some Eucharist miracles, such as the one at Lanciano exist even until today where scientists are in awe. Following is a video clip in courtesy of uCatholic.com about the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano.
What happens during the celebration of Eucharist or Holy Mass?
During Holy Mass, Jesus offers himself in love, so we can one day be in heaven. Jesus loves us so much, that he gives himself as a sacrificial offering on behalf of us sinners. Although the human mind cannot understand this fully, the gift of faith enables Catholics to fully participate in this mystery.
Psalm 110 in the Bible states:
Great are the works of the Lord;
to be pondered by all who love them.
Majestic and glorious his work;
His justice stands firm forever.
He makes us remember his wonders;
The Lord is compassion and love.
He gives food to those who fear him;
keeps his covenant ever in mind. Amen.
St. Augustine, the great Doctor of the church states:
“The Angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass”.
St. John Chrysostom states:
“When mass is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless Angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar”.
Although, the human eye cannot see Jesus present at the altar with the angels and saints, if a person is in a state of grace, they experience this holy presence. An interesting article you might like to read is, the ‘Revelations on the Mass’.
Prayer to the Holy Eucharist (taken from the Divine Office Prayers)
Lord Jesus Christ,
You gave to your Church an admirable sacrament
as the abiding memorial of your passion.
Teach us to worship
The sacred mystery of Your Body and Blood
That its redeeming power
May sanctify us always,
Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
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