“At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion. The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ.” - (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1333).

Our Eucharist commemorates the Last Supper Jesus celebrated with his disciples. What Jesus said and did that night with the bread and wine forms the basis for the Church’s sacrament of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, Jesus did four important actions that define the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

He gave thanks over bread and wine.
He identified the bread and wine with his body and blood.
He gave the Apostles the bread to eat and the wine to drink.
Finally, he told them that his coming death was for the forgiveness of sins, and he prefigured that death by breaking the bread and pouring out the wine.

The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life,” and the third sacrament of initiation.
"It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324- 1325).

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins’.” - Matthew 26:26-28

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