The Holy Eucharist

By Amy Kearney & Olivia Marojevic

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

The purpose of The Holy Eucharist is to sustain our lives with Christ as we can no longer see him in physical reality. Communion deepens our connection with Jesus and invites us into celebration with one another. The Eucharist began on the last supper. Currently it is the central act of worship in the catholic church. We eat the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of the sacrifices Jesus made for us.

The history of the sacrament- Why do we have the the Holy Eucharist? Where does it come from? How do we know where it came from?

We have The Holy Eucharist because it retains our respect for Jesus and will help continue the Catholic tradition with future generations. The Eucharist comes from long ago in Jerusalem when Jesus sat down with his disciples to share a last meal with them. This is known as The Last Supper. We know where The Eucharist came from by reading the new testament of the bible that Jesus disciples wrote.

What signs, symbols and rituals are used to explain The Holy Eucharist?

Signs: Colour white, laying of hands, oil and fire

Symbols: Bread, wine, body, blood and the chalice

Rituals: We celebrate Communion by attending church and receiving the bread and wine.

What prayers relate to the Eucharist? - What are some prayers said during the Mass? Find some bible passages that explain the Eucharist.

Some Prayers that relate to the Eucharist are Divine praises, Anima christi and Prayer of St Ambrose.

Some prayers said during mass are The Eucharistic Prayer and the Communion Rite.

These are some passages from the bible that explain The Holy Eucharist.

Matthew:

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?" And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples."'" The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover

Mark:

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is My body." And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, "This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

Luke:

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.