By Mon, Laura, Bowen
What is Eucharist?
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
Liturgy of the Word
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.