How does the eucharist connect churches and preists
One of the major concerns of the early Church was for the Eucharist to be a sign of unity, especially when persecution threatened to divide the assembly. Eating from the same loaf, drinking from the same cup, gathered around the same table – these were symbols of a united people. This sense of belonging is still very important today. In the early Church, unity with previous assemblies and with congregations in different parts of the city was considered important. In Rome the pope placed a piece of the bread from a previous Mass into the cup at the Breaking of the Bread to symbolise unity with earlier gatherings, and pieces of bread from the pope’s Mass were taken to other churches in the city where the ‘Breaking of Bread’ was being celebrated..
Where does it come from?
RITUALS AND SYMBOLS
Catholics must make an outward sign of reverence before receiving. "When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister.The particular way of celebrating the Eucharist, that is, the sequence of events, the texts, the symbols are called ‘rites’. Bread Wine Dove grapes Wheat
In the East, many different rites evolved and these are still in use such as the Coptic, East Syrian, West Syrian, Byzantine and Malabar rites. Several different rites evolved in the West but the Roman Rite is the one used almost universally now.
- DIVINE PRAISES
- ANIMA CHRISTI
- EN EGO, O BONE ET DULCISSIME IESU
- Prayer of St. Ambrose
- Notes Prayers
- Preparation before mass
- SHORT PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
- SPIRITUAL COMMUNION