John 6:51-56

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.           

THE CELEBRATION OF EUCHARIST

The word Eucharist is from the Greek word εὐχαριστία (eucharistia), which means thanksgiving.

 

 

The Eucharist bonds us to God and to our community of believers.

 

Eucharist in the Catholic Church refers to both the celebration of the Mass, that is, the Eucharistic liturgy, and the bread and wine which after the consecration are transubstantiated (changed in substance) into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, Lord and God.

 

 

Parts of the Mass and symbols of the Eucharist are:

 

  • INTRODUCTORY RITE:

All gather together - Christians meet in one place for the Eucharistic assembly with Christ himself present through the priest and those assembled as active participants.

  • LITURGY OF THE WORD:

Recalls for all those assembled everything that Christ has done for us.

  • LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:

Presentation of the offeringsgifts of bread and wine plus collections to share with those in need are brought to the altar.

Anaphora-  the Eucharistic prayer of thanksgiving and consecration.  We thank God, ask for the blessing of the Holy Spirit, repeat Jesus' words that change the bread and wine to His Body and Blood, recall Christ's Passion and Resurrection and ask for heaven's assistance for the Church on Earth.

Lord's Prayer-  taught to us by the Lord Jesus and sums up all the petitions and intercessions of those gathered.

Communionwe receive the "bread of heaven" and the "cup of salvation", the body and blood of Christ, in remembrance of the salvation accomplished by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The altar -  represents the altar of sacrifice and the table of the Lord.

  • CONCLUDING RITE:

The priest gives a final blessing and we are dismissed to go do good works in the name of the Lord.