The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus, he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet, in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
Compendium, 271, CCC1322-1323; 1409
Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist in a unique and incomparable way. He is present in a true, real and substantial way, with his Body and his Blood, with his Soul and his Divinity. In the Eucharist, therefore, there is present in a sacramental way, that is, under the Eucharistic species of bread and wine, Christ whole and entire, God and Man.
Compendium, 282, CCC1373-1375; 1413
Holy Communion increases our union with Christ and with his Church. It preserves and renews the life of grace received at Baptism and Confirmation and makes us grow in love for our neighbor. It strengthens us in charity, wipes away venial sins, and preserves us from mortal sin in the future.
Compendium, 292, CCC1391-1397; 1416
It is the source and summit of all Christian life. In the Eucharist, the sanctifying action of God in our regard and our worship of him reach their high point. It contains the whole spiritual good of the Church, Christ himself, our Pasch.
Compendium, 273, CCC1337-1340; 1365, 1406
The Eucharist…makes present and actual the sacrifice which Christ offered to the Father on the cross once and for all on behalf of mankind. … The sacrifice of the cross and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one and the same sacrifice. The priest and the victim are the same; only the manner of offering is different: in a bloody manner on the cross, in an unbloody manner in the Eucharist.
Compendium, 280, CCC1362-1367
Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday “the night when he was betrayed” (1 Cor. 11:23), as He celebrated the Last Supper with His Apostles.
After he had gathered with his Apostles in the Cenacle, Jesus took bread in his hands. He broke it and gave it to them saying, “Take this and eat it, all of you; this is my Body which will be given up for you.” Then, he took the cup of wine in his hands and said, “Take this and drink of this, all of you. This is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.”
The Eucharist is a memorial in the sense that it makes present and actual the sacrifice which Christ offered to the Father on the cross, once and for all on behalf of mankind. The sacrificial character of the Holy Eucharist is manifested in the very words of institution, “This is my body which is given for you” and “This cup is the New Covenant in my Blood that will be shed for you” (Luke 22:19-20). The sacrifice of the cross and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one and the same sacrifice. The priest and the victim are the same; only the manner of offering is different: in a bloody manner on the cross, in an unbloody manner in the Eucharist.
The Holy Eucharist is the paschal banquet in as much as Christ sacramentally makes present his Passover and gives us his Body and Blood, offered as food and drink, uniting us to himself and to one another in his sacrifice.
The Eucharist is a pledge of future glory because it fills us with every grace and heavenly blessing. It fortifies us for our pilgrimage in this life and makes us long for eternal life. It unites us already to Christ seated at the right hand of the Father, to the Church in heaven and to the Blessed Virgin and all the saints.
Transubstantiation means the change of the whole substance of bread into the substance of the Body of Christ and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of his Blood. This change is brought about in the eucharistic prayer through the efficacy of the word of Christ and by the action of the Holy Spirit. However, the outward characteristics of bread and wine, that is the “eucharistic species,” remain unaltered.
in the Eucharist!
The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church, #5
“The Lord accompanies us in many ways, but none as profound as when we encounter him in the Eucharist.”
We are created to be with Jesus. The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God… (CCC27). Jesus is present in the Eucharist in His totality. All that He is…is here! And He calls us to an encounter with Him in the Eucharist, His Sacrament of Love! (Dominicae Cenae).
It’s time to answer Christ’s call!
In response to Christ’s call, on Corpus Christi, 2022, America’s Bishops inaugurated a National Eucharistic Revival to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The Madison Diocese joins this national revival with its own Congress.
In appreciation: We thank Deacon Scholbrock for designing the beautiful Congress logo (shown below). It reflects Jesus’ loving sacrifice on the Cross for our redemption and our share in His divine life. It brings us into the reality of His true presence–Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity–in the Holy Eucharist. Finally, it shows our love for Jesus as we approach Him in both Communion and in Adoration.
Keep the Congress Handbook as a Spiritual Guide
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Photos by Joe Ptak