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224 • Part II. The Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated

thy place in the Church and should be constructed in such a way that it

emphasizes and manifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the

Blessed Sacrament” (CCC, no. 1379).

With the passage of time, reverent reflection led the Church to

enrich its Eucharistic devotion. Faith that Jesus is truly present in the

Sacrament led believers to worship Christ dwelling with us permanently

in the Sacrament. Wherever the Sacrament is, there is Christ, who is our

Lord and our God. Such worship is expressed in many ways: in genuflec-

tion, in adoration of the Eucharist, and in the many forms of Eucharistic

devotion that faith has nourished.

The Eucharistic Liturgy contains the entire treasure of the Church

since it makes present the Paschal Mystery, the central event of salvation.

Eucharistic adoration and devotion flow from and lead to the Eucharistic

Liturgy, the Mass.



Through participation in the Eucharist, we also participate in the

Paschal Mystery of Christ, that is, in his dying and rising, which is made

present for us in the Eucharistic sacrifice. This participation in the

Paschal Mystery of Christ reaches its consummation when we receive

his Body and Blood in Holy Communion. Christ’s victory and triumph

over death is then made present in the lives of those who participate in

the Eucharist.

Holy Communion increases our union with Christ. “Whoever eats

my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:56).

Communion with the Body of Christ preserves, increases, and renews

the life of grace received at Baptism.

Holy Communion separates us from sin. We receive the Body of

Christ “given up for us” to save us from sin. We receive the Blood of

Christ “shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Our love of God is

intensified and therefore our disordered attachments are weakened and

even broken. Divine love wipes away venial sins.