The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The term “Eucharist” originates from the Greek word eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving. In the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. The whole Christ is truly present -- body, blood, soul, and divinity -- under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ who rose from the dead. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the "Real Presence" of Christ in the Eucharist.
While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.
Want to learn more…
- The Eucharist (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
- The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church (USCCB)
- Learn, Grow, Share - The National Eucharistic Revival
- Eucharist In The Bible - Short Course
- Bishop Barron on The Sacrament of the Eucharist
- Bishop Barron on the Real Presence of Chirst in the Eucharist
- The Eucharist - Dare to Believe Series