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228 • Part II. The Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated


1. What has been your experience of Mass at various times in your

life? What has helped you to become a more active participant in the

celebration of the Eucharist?

2. Who are the people who have influenced your appreciation of the

Eucharist? What do we mean when we speak of the Real Presence

of Jesus? What can draw you to visit the Blessed Sacrament more

frequently and spend time there in the adoration of Christ?

3. The


reminds us that the Eucharist commits us to care for

the poor (see CCC, no. 1397). How do you live this commitment

during the week? How are you the “Body of Christ” at work, at

home, at school?


• Jesus instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice, the banquet of divine life, at

the Last Supper.

• We need to remember that the Eucharist is the summit and source of

our Christian life. Why? Because in the Eucharist is found the entire

treasure of the Church—Jesus Christ.

• The Eucharistic celebration begins with the Introductory Rites and

the Liturgy of the Word, followed by the Liturgy of the Eucharist—

the preparation of the gifts, the Eucharistic Prayer (the prayer of

thanksgiving and praise, including the consecration of the bread and

wine), and the reception of Holy Communion. The celebration con-

cludes with the sending forth to serve the Lord.

• The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s saving life, death,

and Resurrection, made present for our salvation by the action of

the liturgy.

• Christ, acting through the ministry of his priests, is both the priest

offering the sacrifice and the victim being sacrificed.

• “Only validly ordained priests can preside at the Eucharist and con-

secrate the bread and wine so that they become the Body and Blood

of the Lord” (CCC, no. 1411).