The Holy Eucharist
Too many Catholics don't believe in the real presence of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. Therefore, we continue our series on the Eucharist, bringing you a few more capsule paragraphs from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism to confirm this.
No. 1409 to 1413, pages 355-6 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
: The Eucharist is the memorial of Christís Passover, that is, of the
work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of
Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action.
It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant
who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharistic
sacrifice. And it is the same Christ, really present under the species of
bread and wine, who is the offering of the Eucharistic sacrifice.
Only validly ordained priests can preside at the Eucharist and
consecrate the bread and wine so that they become the Body and Blood of the
The essential signs of the Eucharistic sacrament are wheat bread and
grape wine, on which the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked and the
priest pronounces the words of consecration spoken by Jesus during the Last
Supper: "This is My body which will be given up for you...This is the cup of
By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into
the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated
species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present
in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his
soul and divinity (cf: Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651)
From the Baltimore Catechism No. 3; Benziger Brothers, Inc and Tan Books
and Publishers, Inc. No. 895, 896 page 191
Q: Why did Christ institute the Holy Eucharist?
A: Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist -
1. To unite us to Himself and to nourish our soul with His divine life.
2. To increase sanctifying grace and all virtues in our soul.
3. To lessen our evil inclinations.
4. To be a pledge of everlasting life.
5. To fit our bodies for a glorious resurrection.
6. To continue the sacrifice of the Cross in His Church.
Q: Has the Holy Eucharist any other effect?
A: The Holy Eucharist remits venial sins by disposing us to perform acts of love and contrition. It preserves us from mortal sin by exciting us to greater fervor and strengthening us against temptation.