“On the night he was betrayed he took bread and when he had given thanks he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the chalice, after supper, saying, ‘This chalice is the new covenant in my blood. Do this in remembrance of me.’”
1 Cor 11: 23 – 25
The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, together with his Soul and Divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine. The process through which the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ is called transubstantiation.
The Eucharist is the third sacrament of initiation. It is the mysterious centre of all these sacraments because of the historic sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is made present during the words of consecration. Thus the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen gentium [LG] 11)
It is important that we realise that Jesus is truly present at every Holy Mass. This celebration is the heart of the Christian communion and the pinnacle of our earthly existence. When we participate in the Holy Mass we are following the command of Jesus when he said “Do this in remembrance of me.” Click here for the list of Carnlough Mass times.
“Your life must be woven around the Eucharist. Direct your eyes to Him, who is the Light; bring your hearts very close to His Divine Heart; ask Him for the grace to know Him, for the charity to love Him, for the courage to serve Him. Seek him longingly.”
Bl. Teresa of Calcutta