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What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity as Communion for us to receive within us as nourishment for our souls.

What’s different about the communion at the Catholic Church compared to the other churches?

  • Catholics can receive Holy Communion every day.  Other churches can be weekly, monthly or just a few times per year.
  • Catholics believe that the Eucharist changes completely into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ with only the appearances of bread and wine left.  Other churches believe that it is only a symbol or that Jesus is only “in, with and under the bread” but not changed into Jesus.  Also, they believe that it depends on the faith of the receiver whether Jesus is present.  Catholics believe that Jesus is present regardless of the faith of the believer.  Catholics believe that once it is changed  into Jesus (transubstantiation), every particle IS Jesus.  Catholics after communion reserve what is left in the tabernacle in the church because it is still Jesus and should be treated very reverently.  Other churches don’t have tabernacles because their communion is not reserved.  Some is taken home with parish members to be consumed, thrown away or disposed of in other manners.
  • Catholics also have what is called “Adoration”.  This is where the Eucharist is placed into a stand (monstrance) and placed on the altar so that people can give respect, love and adoration to Jesus in the Eucharist.  This is a very peaceful devotion and form of prayer.  Some have reported that they felt a presence when they came into the room before they knew that Jesus was there.  To others who don’t understand or believe, it may seem like we are worshipping a piece of bread but it is actually Jesus.
  • The Catholic Church is the only church that you will find the Eucharist (Real Presence of Christ).  The reason is that the Catholic Church is the only church that has that authority passed down from Jesus to his priests down an unbroken chain.  Other churches don’t have this authority passed down unfortunately.  They are able to bless their communion bread but not to change it to Jesus.

I wanted to know more about the Eucharist so I looked for Eucharistic Miracles.  The Miracle of Lanciano is so beautiful!  The Eucharist changed into actual heart muscle tissue and the wine turned into real human blood, type AB.  This was all substantiated by a blind scientific study. Click on this link for more info.   http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/lanciano.html

There are other Eucharistic Miracles that have been verified also.  Once you understand how Jesus has sacrificed himself to become the Real Presence in the Eucharist, you understand how much he really loves each and every one of us.

For more information, please read John 6:35-58.  It reveals the plan Jesus has for us regarding the Eucharist.  Verse 51 is especially interesting: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”  He is NOT speaking symbolically here.  He wouldn’t have risked everyone walking away if he had.  They didn’t understand at the time but after his resurrection people began to understand what he meant.  If Jesus can walk on water, change water to wine, heal the lepers, and rise from the dead, then it should be easy for us to believe that He can change the bread and wine into His Body and Blood.

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