A friend once told me that there are three reasons that he is Catholic: “Eucharist, Eucharist and Eucharist.” While there are all sorts of reasons to be Catholic, I think they all stem from, and can be traced back to, the three mentioned by my friend.
Pope Francis, while speaking on the importance of attending Mass during the Angelus, made several comments on the Eucharist (shown below). The one that captured my attention most pretty much sums it up for me.
“Jesus left us the Eucharist with a precise objective: That we can become one with Him.”
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Sometimes, about Mass, we hear this objection: ‘ What is the purpose of Mass? I go to Church when I feel like it, and I pray better alone.’ But the Eucharist is not a private prayer or a beautiful spiritual experience. It is not only a commemoration of what Jesus did at the Last Supper. We say, to understand, that the Eucharist is the ‘memorial’.
The Eucharist is Jesus giving Himself.
Jesus left us the Eucharist with a precise objective: That we can become one with Him.
We nourish ourselves with Him and remain in Him through the Eucharistic Communion. If we do it with faith, it transforms our life. It transforms it into a gift to God and a gift to our brothers.
The Fourth Cup – Scott Hahn
Understanding The Eucharist – Dr. Scott Hahn
The Eucharist – Steve Ray
Former Baptist preacher, Steve Ray defending the Eucharist using history, the Church Fathers, Scripture, etc. “To be deep in history is to cease being Protestant” – John Henry Cardinal Newman.
Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires
This short video recounts the story of the amazing Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Argentina in 1996 in the Parish of St. Mary. For many Christians, Holy Communion is a symbolic ritual, but Catholics believe it is in fact His divine body and blood. This sounds absolutely nuts, but it’s a matter of faith.
… And of scientific evidence…
The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
The Miracle of Lanciano is officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a true Eucharistic Miracle. It was the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church.
This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian in Lanciano, Italy, as a divine response to a Basilian monk’s doubt about Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist.
During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into Heart Tissue Flesh and the Wine was changed into Actual Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.
(For the scientific tests on the Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires, go to the 12:00 minute point.)
Compilation of Eucharistic Miracles from Youtube
Dr. Scott Hahn talks about the Early Church and the Eucharist
Dr. Hahn talks about his new book Consuming the Word and takes questions from viewers about the New Testament, the Early Church and the Eucharist.
What is the Mass?
Where is the Mass in Scripture?
What is the Mass?
Listen to Fr. Larry Richards to find out…
As Fr. Richards mentions, you cannot understand the Book of Revelation without the Mass. The Book of Revelation IS the Mass!
The Mass Found In The Book Of Revelation
Topic/Mass Part Chapter/Verse
Sunday Worship 1:10
High Priest 1:13
Altar 8:3-4; 11:1; 14:18
Priests 4:4; 11:15; 14:3; 19:4
Consecrated Celibacy 14:4
Lamp Stands 1:12; 2:5
Penitence Chapters 2 and 3
Incense 5:8; 8:3-5
The Book (scroll) 5:1
Eucharistic Host 2:17
Chalices 15:7; ch. 16; 21:9
Sign of the Cross 7:3; 14:1; 22:4
Alleluia 19:1, 3, 4, 6
Lift up your hearts 11:12
Holy, Holy, Holy 4:8
Amen 19:4; 22:21
Lamb of God 5:6
Virgin Mary 12:1-6; 13-17
Intercession of Angels and Saints 5:8; 6:0-10; 8:3-4
Participation of St. Michael Archangel 12:7
Antiphon Chant 4:8-11; 5:9-14; 7:10-12; 18:1-8
Scripture Readings ch. 2 and 3; ch. 5; 8:2-11
Priesthood 1:6; 20:6
Catholicity (Universality) 7:9
Silent contemplation 8:1
Marriage Supper of the Lamb 19:9, 17
Thoughts On The Proper Reception Of The Eucharist In The Catholic Church – William H. Kammerer, Jr.
…Recently, my father passed away and we had a funeral Mass celebrated. The Mass was well attended by family and friends, not all of whom were Catholic, or practicing Catholics. When it came time for communion, as is typical on occasions where there would normally be non-Catholics attending, the priest made the same announcement with the addition that anyone not receiving could come forward, if they wished, with their hands crossed over their chest and receive a blessing.
As I discovered later, this caused some confusion, as well as some damaged feelings on the part of some of the attendees. And as came to light later, there was a massive misunderstanding in the room of what The Eucharist is, particularly as taught by the Catholic Church.
To the non-Catholic, and, sadly, even many Catholics, the Eucharist is probably one of the least understood things about the Catholic Mass, indeed about Catholicism in general. In addition, many people don’t know that they don’t understand it. Indeed, millions of Catholics go to communion in robotic fashion, not discerning the Body and Blood of Christ. (1 Cor 11:23-30) To many, it’s just what you do at church.
Hence, the reason I’ve decided to jot down some thoughts on the subject. I envision the distinct possibility of me dying someday, and I don’t want the same thing to happen at my funeral, so I just want to clear up a few things on the Eucharist for Catholics and non-Catholics alike, in hopes of helping someone avoid the same confusion (or worse) when they find themselves planted in the pews and saying “goodbye” to old Bill…
Scott Hahn- Where is the Eucharistic Sacrifice in the Bible?
Excerpt from the talk given at Franciscan University Liturgy Conference October 15, 2011: Paschal Sacrifice- A Heavenly Banquet for Earthly Beggars
Other Eucharistic Miracles
Series of beautiful and touching true Eucharistic miracles..these events are documented..
Eucharistic Miracle Part 1
Eucharistic Miracle Part 2
Eucharistic Miracle Part 3
Church Fathers and The Eucharist
What do the early church fathers teach of The Eucharist? Here’s a sample…
“They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again”
Ignatius of Antioch,Epistle to Smyrnaeans,7,1(c.A.D. 110),in ANF,I:89
“For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour,having been made flesh and blood for our salvation,so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh.”
Justin Martyr,First Apology,66(A.D. 110-165),in ANF,I:185
“The body which is born of the holy Virgin is in truth body united with divinity, not that the body which was received up into the heavens descends, but that the bread itself and the wine are changed into God’s body and blood. But if you enquire how this happens, it is enough for you to learn that it was through the Holy Spirit, just as the Lord took on Himself flesh that subsisted in Him and was born of the holy Mother of God through the Spirit. And we know nothing further save that the Word of God is true and energises and is omnipotent, but the manner of this cannot be searched out. But one can put it well thus, that just as in nature the bread by the eating and the wine and the water by the drinking are changed into the body and blood of the eater and drinker, and do not become a different body from the former one, so the bread of the table and the wine and water are supernaturally changed by the invocation and presence of the Holy Spirit into the body and blood of Christ, and are not two but one and the same. Wherefore to those who partake worthily with faith, it is for the remission of sins and for life everlasting and for the safeguarding of soul and body; but to those who partake unworthily without faith, it is for chastisement and punishment, just as also the death of the Lord became to those who believe life and incorruption for the enjoyment of eternal blessedness, while to those who do not believe and to the murderers of the Lord it is for everlasting chastisement and punishment. The bread and the wine are not merely figures of the body and blood of Christ (God forbid!) but the deified body of the Lord itself: for the Lord has said, ‘This is My body,’ not, this is a figure of My body: and ‘My blood,’ not, a figure of My blood. And on a previous occasion He had said to the Jews, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. For My flesh is meat indeed and My blood is drink indeed. And again, He that eateth Me, shall live.”
John of Damascus,Exposition of the Orthodox Faith,4:13(A.D. 743),in NPNF2,IX:83
How can we know Jesus is really present in the Eucharist?
Catholic Answers Live Host Patrick Coffin explains the Catholic belief in Transubstantiation to an interested caller.
Fr. Barron comments on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Additional comments from Fr. Barron on the Real Presence in the Eucharist
The Fourth Cup – Scott Hahn
Transcript of the taped talk by Scott Hahn.
I’d like to cover a lot, and I’d like to tell you in advance what I’m going to tell you. I’d like to move from one to another to a third area. The first area I’d like to focus on is how it is that Christ in the Last Supper and in the Eucharist offers himself up as the New Covenant Passover, and how the Eucharist and the Old Testament Passover are in a sense two sides of the same coin. The second focus of our time will be on the Nature of the Mass, then, as a sacrifice. That was big problem for me, and that’s a big problem for lots of people outside the church and I think for some people in the church too, who wonder about how it is that after Calvary we can still speak of any activity that is performed on earth as being a sacrifice of Christ. And then finally the third area for our consideration will be on what Our Proper Response would be to our Lord in the Eucharist, in the blessed Sacrament. In other words, why should we adore our Lord in the Eucharist as opposed to just any old place we happen to be? In other words, we’ll conclude on the note of Eucharistic adoration, and why that is a fit, proper, and very necessary act of devotion in the family of God, the Catholic Church.
Let’s go back to the first, the Eucharist as Passover. What I’d like to share in this first part is not what theologians would call de fide; it isn’t infallibly defined dogma that binds the conscience, the intellect and will of every Catholic believer. Instead, what I’d like to do is just to share my own Scripture study in sort of an abbreviated form that led me to see something that I didn’t think was possible – it led me to see that the Last Supper and Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and the Eucharist are all of one piece. Some scholars might dispute this. You can’t find all Scripture scholars agreeing on anything these days, so I don’t lose much sleep over the fact that there might be some scripture scholars who dispute this point. But through my own study (and I’ve checked this with others who are more qualified and better trained scholars than me) it helps. It’s been an explanation that has provided insight for others as well. It’s not entirely original, but for me it was a discovery of my own before I discovered it in the writings of other great and holy and wise authors.
Jesus Christ in the Eucharist – The Real Presence
Eucharist, Holy Meal – Scott Hahn
We’re going to be focusing on the very center of the faith this morning, and I feel so woefully inadequate because there is just so much to say about the Blessed Sacrament. It’s a sacrament and it’s a sacrifice in which Our Lord Jesus Christ not only establishes a covenant, but really, is the covenant. And the sacrament contains our Lord Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity; but it’s also an offering. So in the Eucharist Our Lord Jesus Christ body and blood, soul and divinity is offered to the Father continually in an unbloody manner. Then, finally, it’s not just contained. It’s not just offered but it’s received. All three of those elements are crucial to understanding how the Eucharist is both a sacrifice and a sacrament. And when it’s received, we call that Holy Communion. All three of those belong together. They are inseparable. They are critical.
Now we’ve got to say one thing right off the bat. We are talking about an unbloody sacrifice and we are talking about a sacrifice in which Christ’s death is represented. We are not talking about a bloody sacrifice where Christ is still bleeding. We are not talking about the fact that Christ is still dying on Calvary. He’s not dying. He’s been buried. He’s been raised. He’s ascended. He’s enthroned and there he is in glory. But as he is in glory, he is the Lamb of God, enthroned as the Pascal Lamb; and so all of this belongs together in a very deep and mysterious way and I for one do not pretend to think that I can encapsulate or summarize it all adequately.
Now let’s just also remind ourselves of another important theological doctrine. God is omnipresent. God is present everywhere; but Jesus Christ in His humanity, that is the flesh and the blood that He assumed for Himself from the Blessed Virgin Mary, that is only in heaven. That is spatially limited. In addition to its space, to its place in heaven however, we also say that through the miracle of the Mass and the Eucharist, Jesus Christ, not just in His divine nature, which is present everywhere; but in His human nature is present on the altars of the Church around the world as Mass is celebrated daily approximately 300,000 times each day.
How can we know Jesus is really present in the Eucharist? – Catholic Answers
The Stations of the Holy Eucharist
FROM PROMISE TO FULFILLMENT
The purpose of the Stations of the Eucharist is to help the faithful deepen both their understanding and appreciation of the Source and Summit of our faith: The Most Holy Eucharist, especially during 2005, THE YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST, and, for all ages. Through the whole of salvation history, God, our Father has prepared His people for the Gift of His Beloved Son, and also for the Gift of His Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist. Throughout the Old Testament, the Eucharist was prefigured. And in the New Testament, these shadows give way to Reality.
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Lord, open my mind and heart to the treasures of Your Truth as revealed in the Doctrine of the Real Presence. Grant that my eyes may see through faith’s vision, the wonders of Your Love in the Most Holy Eucharist. As I meditate on the mystery of Your Hidden Presence, I entreat You to increase my faith, enkindle my hope, and deepen my love for You, my Eucharistic King. Amen.
At each Station of the Eucharist, pray: “O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.”
1. MELCHIZEDEK, THE KlNG OF SALEM:
FORESHADOWING OF A EUCHARISTIC PRIESTHOOD
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.
“The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind,
‘You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.’
Jesus, King of Peace, Your priesthood was foreshadowed by the priesthood of Melchizedek. Like him, You made an offering of bread and wine, but the bread and wine You offered to the Father was transubstantiated into Your own Flesh and Blood. You, Yourself, were both the Priest and the Victim. Plant within our hearts a deep respect and love for all priests. Following Abraham’s example when he sought the blessing of Melchizedek, grant us the humility ever to seek the blessing of Your ordained ministers, for it is from their hands that we are fed with the Food of Everlasting Life.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!
Personal Relationship With Christ
Looks familiar, doesn’t it? Yes, this is the way the early Church worshiped.
Yes, this is the way we do it today.
Yes, we know what the Eucharist is…
Remember this when someone tells you any different.
And they will…
More on the Eucharistic Miracles in Sokolka, Buenos Aires
Interesting take on how they may affect evolutionary theory.
According to Tesoriero, by one of the examining scientist’s own admission, the documented findings should send ripples through the scientific community.
Zugibe had said: “The heart of the person from which this tissue has come has been injured and has suffered trauma. … This is the sort of injury I see in cases where someone has been beaten severely around the chest. … The sample shows evidence of having come from a living person, not a dead person.” When he learned the source of the sample, and that it had been kept in water for three years, he said there was no way to explain that scientifically.
An Act Of Spiritual Communion
Prayer To Our Lady Of The Most Blessed Sacrament
Virgin Immaculate, perfect lover of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we ask thee to obtain for us the graces we need to become true adorers of our Eucharistic God. Grant us, we beg of thee, to know Him better, to love Him more, and to center our lives around the Eucharist, that is, to make our whole life a constant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.