In this 5th Grade lesson, we learn about the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the holiest of all the Sacraments. You will study the origin of this Sacrament, how this Sacrament is the Body and Blood of Jesus, and the benefits of the frequent reception of Holy Communion.
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The Holy Eucharist is the very center of our Catholic Faith. The Eucharist is so enormously important because it really, truly is the Body, the Blood, the Soul and the Divinity of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist IS Jesus Christ.
What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Catechism teaches that the Holy Eucharist is a both Sacrament and a Sacrifice.
The Holy Eucharist is a Sacrament. It is a Sacrament because it has both matter and form. The matter is the bread and wine. The form is the words that the priest says to change the ordinary bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. In this Sacrament we receive Grace because Jesus Himself comes to us.
The Holy Eucharist is a Sacrifice. This is hard to understand because we don’t see anything bloody or painful happening at Mass. We call the Mass an unbloody sacrifice. At every single Mass, the very same Jesus who died on the cross at Calvary is now offered on the altar. When Jesus hung on the cross and died, His sacrifice was bloody. As He offers Himself at Mass, it is unbloody because Jesus is now in His glorified state. It’s called a sacrifice because Jesus voluntarily offers Himself in every Mass when the bread and wine is consecrated into His Body and Blood. When He died on the cross He saved us. When He is in the Eucharist, He gives us His saving Grace.
In the Holy Eucharist, you receive the Body and Blood of Jesus under the appearances of bread and wine, as a Sacrament. And the priest offers the Body and Blood of Jesus, as a Sacrifice to the Father. We say that we receive under the “appearances of bread and wine” because that is what we see with our eyes. But we know with our minds and our hearts that what we are receiving is Jesus, Himself.
Jesus says: “I am the living bread which came down from Heaven. If any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever. And the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is My Flesh.” (John 6: 51)
The Holy Eucharist is really and truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God. He is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Jesus Christ became man through the Incarnation. He freed mankind from the slavery of sin. In order to stay with us, He gave us Himself in the Holy Eucharist. He remains with us always.
When you receive Holy Communion, you receive Jesus Himself. He loves you so much that He died on the cross. He saved you from your sins. But, He also remains with you through t... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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