The Holy Eucharist

Felicity, Helena and Billie

What is the meaning and the purpose of the Eucharist? How does celebrating the Eucharist connect people to the church?

The Eucharist is a sacrament in the Catholic church.It is the third Sacrament after baptism and reconciliation. It is practised to represent the last supper that Jesus had before being crucified. It connects to us because we are Catholic and our duty is to spread Jesus’ word and by taking the Eucharist we are listening to Jesus and doing whatever he tells us too. Only Catholics can take the bread which makes us true to Jesus and his way of life.

(Matthew 26: 26-29)

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the convenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.'

(John 6:53–56)

So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.
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The History of the Sacrament

Churches and teaching places believe the Holy Eucharist originated from the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. Jesus is believed to have taken bread and given it to his disciples, telling them to eat of it, because it was his body, and to have taken a cup and given it to his disciples, telling them to drink of it because it his blood.

Why do we have it?

Believers take part in the Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion to grow a closer bond to God, to give thanks to him. When

we receive the bread and the wine it is like that we are eating spiritual food and taking a little bit of God into each of us. People also take part in it to be in a community atmosphere, we all gather together.

Where does the name Eucharist come from?

The name Eucharist means thanksgiving in Greek for it was a sacrifice of Christ.

What signs and symbols and rituals are used to explain the Eucharist?

The Holy Eucharist has many symbols and rituals

some symbols and rituals are

■ Bowing of the head is a sign of respect

Bread and wine represents the memory of Jesus

Incensing is sanctifying us

Washing of the hands is a sign that we are cleansed

The priest kissing the alter it is a sign of respect to god

Exchange of peace the priest offers peace to Christ

Consecration words

Ringing of the bell is to remind people the importance of Eucharist

  • Breaking of the bread is in memory of Jesus