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vol, 8
no. 25

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, in keeping with our Thursday theme of the Eucharist, we bring you a few capsule paragraphs from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism to confirm this. This will for several days with more paragraphs on the Eucharist in this section.

No. 1341,1355, and 1356 pages 338 and 342 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:

 The command of Jesus to repeat his actions and words "until he comes" does not only ask us to remember Jesus and what he did. It is directed at the liturgical celebration, by the apostles and their successors, of the memorial of Christ, of his life, of his death, of his Resurrection, and of his intercession in the presence of the Father (cf. 1 Corinthians 11: 26).

&bsp;  In the communion, preceded by the Lordís prayer and the breaking of the bread, the faithful receive "the bread of heaven" and "the cup of salvation," the body and blood of Christ who offered himself "for the life of the world":179 (John 6: 51).

   Because this bread and wine have been made Eucharist ("eucharisted," according to an ancient expression), "we call this food Eucharist, and no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught." 180 (St. Justin, Apol. 1, 66, 1-2: PG 6, 428).

If from the beginning Christians have celebrated the Eucharist and in a form whose substance has not changed despite the great diversity of times and liturgies, it is because we know ourselves to be bound by the command the Lord gave on the eve of his Passion: "Do this in remembrance of me." 181(1 Corinthians 11:24-25).

From the Baltimore Catechism No. 4; Benziger Brothers, Inc and Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. Nos. 252-256, Page 207

[252] Q: How are we united to Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist? A: We are united to Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist by means of Holy Communion.

[253] Q: What is Holy Communion?
A: Holy Communion is the receiving of the body and blood of Christ.

[254] Q: What is necessary to make a good Communion?
A: To make a good Communion it is necessary to be in a state of sanctifying grace, to be fasting for one hour, and to have a right intention.

Q: Does he who receives Communion in mortal sin receive the body and blood of Christ?
A: He who receives Communion in mortal sin receives the body and blood of Christ, but does not receive His grace, and he commits a great sacrilege.

[256] Q: Is it enough to be free from mortal sin, to receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion?
A: To receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion it is not enough to be free from mortal sin, but we should be free from all affection to venial sin, and should make acts of lively faith, of firm hope and ardent love.

November 6, 1997 volume 8, no. 25

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