By Mon, Laura, Bowen

What is Eucharist?

The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received.

The Christian ceremony commemorating the Last Supper, in which bread and wine are consecrated and consumed. To a Catholic the Mass is not only a sacred offering; it is also a sacred meal. That is why Jesus chose to use bread and wine for it. In this way we experience God's love and friendship for us by accepting to eat "the bread of life".


How does Eucharist relate to everyday life?

Like all the sacraments the Eucharist has parallels in ordinary human experience and expands very human experience.

  • remembering and offering
  • proclaiming and listening
  • giving praise and thanks
  • forgiveness and reconciliation
  • hungering and being fed
  • the sacrificial death of Jesus and his resurrection
  • our own death and resurrection.
  • receiving the body of Christ
  • being the Body of Christ
  • identifying with those who suffer
  • justice and the love of others
  • the presence and absence of Christ
  • being gathered together and being sent out
  • the past and the future crystallised in the present moment
  • the life of this world and the life of the world to come

The Introductory Rite

The Mass begins with the entrance chant/song. The celebrant and other ministers enter in procession and reverence the altar with a bow. The altar is a symbol of Christ at the heart of the assembly and so deserves this special reverence. All make the Sign of the Cross and the celebrant extends a greeting to the gathered people in words taken from Scripture.

Liturgy of the Word

In the liturgy of the word Christians come together to thank God for His gifts. Listening to God’s word (the Bible) they grow in faith. Liturgy celebrates the wonders of creation and gives thanks for the reality of redemption. The liturgy is a celebration not of what God has said, but of God today speaking to our hearts and souls.

Consists of:

The First Reading: -The Hebrew Scriptures

The Responsorial Psalm

The Second Reading - The Christian Scriptures

The Gospel - Alleluia

The Gospel Reading

Liturgy of the Eucharist

After the Liturgy of the Word comes the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the heart of the Mass. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we remember what Jesus did on the night before he died: he took bread and wine, gave them to his disciples, and said, "This is my body; this is my blood." The bread and wine, as well as the people's gifts of money, are brought forward to the altar.