What is the Last Supper?
This is when Christ institutes the Eucharist so that we are then united to His great act of love, to His great sacrifice.
When did Jesus Christ institute the Eucharist?
Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday “the night he was betrayed” (1 Corinthians 11:23), as he celebrated the Last Supper with His apostles. CCC272
What is the Eucharist?
The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until His return in glory. CCC271
What is Transubstantiation?
The substance, the depth within the bread, is transformed and becomes the Body and the Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. The external part still appears the same but what happens from within it is radically changed.
What are the four main elements of the Mass?
The four main elements of the Mass are the introductory rites, the liturgy of the word, the liturgy of the Eucharist and the concluding rite.
How to experience the Mass more fully
The passion of Christ is the ultimate love story and when we experience the Mass we are called to give our L.O.V.E. Back. With the four concrete steps of L.O.V.E. you can experience the Mass more fully.
LISTEN with L.O.V.E. Listen to the Word of God as you hear the Scriptures and Gospel.
We have to listen, we listen attentively to the Word of God, we receive divine instruction so that we know how to apply the message of the Gospel to our lives today. How to live out our call to holiness to sainthood. How to get through the week as Christ would want us to live.
Faith comes from hearing the word of God St Paul the Apostle says. So first we come and we listen, we receive divine instruction from the Bible, sacred Scripture.
L.O.V.E. to OFFER yourself to God’s will. When you receive the Body of Christ truly offer yourself up to His will.
The main idea in coming to mass is to put on the mind of Christ, to unite ourselves in body and in spirit to the sacrifice of Christ that is being made present upon the alter. When the bread and the wine are offered at mass I encourage everyone present to unite themselves spiritually, to place themselves on that patent, that plate, containing the bread, to place themselves into that chalice, that cup, containing the wine and say, ‘Lord I give myself to you in union with your holy sacrifice which is being made present before me. I unite my joys, my fears, my sorrows, all that I am, all that I have, all that I wish to offer to you, all that I wish to ask of you, I unite all of that, I place myself on that patent, I place myself in that chalice and say Lord transform me as you will transform as you will transform, transubstantiate these gifts of bread and wine into the body and blood of your Son so transform, transubstantiate, transfigure me into the living embodiment and image of your Son so that I may reflect His love and His life to others.
With L.O.V.E. you can be VICTORIOUS over the temptation to sin. Christ was victorious over death and sin. The Eucharist gives us the supernatural graces that we need to be victorious over the temptation to sin.
At the very heart of our faith as Catholic Christians is the belief that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death and Satan and the powers of hell by His resurrection from the dead. And if I can summarize the whole New Testament and the Gospels in one statement it would be this those who belong to Jesus Christ through faith and baptism and living lives of charity as He calls us to those people will share His victory over sin and death. That is the Good News. That the mystery of the dying and rising of Jesus Christ is our mystery too. We are inserted into the mystery of the Lord’s death and resurrection through faith and baptism into His body which is the Church. So that His victory becomes our victory too, provided we live lives of faith, hope and love as He calls us to.
L.O.V.E. to EVANGELIZE. At every Mass we experience something to be shared with the world.
The Eucharist prepares us for the mission to bring Christ into the world.
The Mass it comes from the Latin word Missa which means a dismissal or a sending and it’s very significant that we should name the entire Eucharistic service using that one little word, Mass, the last words of the service when the priest or deacon says to the congregation ite missa est go it is the dismissal, go you are sent, go it is the sending, and the people respond thanks be to God, Dio gratzias, and out the doors they go. Why? To evangelize, to proclaim the Good News. To share the love and life of Christ, to embody Jesus Christ in the world, in the secular order because they have just been fed by God’s word and by the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist at Mass.
What are some of the benefits that we receive from attending Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist?
1. Every time we attend Mass we come to the banquet that Christ prepared for us.
2. The Holy Eucharist is the food of eternal life with Christ.
3. Holy Communion separates us from sin.
4. We learn, by experiencing the Eucharist, how to have greater courage to witness the truth.
5. When we go to Mass and receive the Holy Eucharist we are receiving a foretaste of
6. "Taking part in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, is the source and summit of the whole Christian life." ~ The Second Vatican Council
7. “To me nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming as the Mass . . .
It is a great action, the greatest action that can be on earth.” ~ Cardinal Newman
8. “Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.” ~ Pope St. Pius X
9. “The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion,
since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
What is a Spiritual Communion?
You make a Spiritual Communion when you can't receive Jesus physically in the Holy Eucharist either because you can't go or because Holy Mother Church allows that we can receive Jesus twice a day but no more. A Spiritual Communion is not the physical Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus but His presence spiritually comes to you in a special way because you are asking Him to come.
Three examples of Spiritual Communion prayers.
1. Jesus, Mary my loves come together into my heart.
2. Jesus I love you, in my soul I long for you.
3. Jesus I believe that you are really present in the most Blessed Sacrament and I love you above all things and I long to receive you into my soul. Since I can not receive you now sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you. Never permit me to be separated from you.
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration is the act of worshipping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist.
What is the monstrance?
The monstrance is the sacred vessel used for the exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
What is luna?
Luna is the glass enclosure that holds the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance.
"The church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship"
~ Pope John Paul II
“Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you."
~ St John Bosco
"When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then.
When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now."
~ Mother Teresa
IN MEMORY OF ME
How to Experience the Mass More Fully
“This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” Luke 22:19
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