In this 5th Grade lesson, you continue learning about the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the most important of all the Sacraments. You will also study the role of the priest and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
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Distribution of Holy Communion
We know that Jesus is really present in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is not a symbol or a representation of Him. The Holy Eucharist is actually Jesus because He gave Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist. He also instituted the manner of receiving Him. You can receive Jesus through the actions of an ordained priest in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Role of the Priest:
The priest has the supreme honor of performing Transubstantiation in the Mass. He changes the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. Christ gave His priests the power to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood. He did this when He made the Apostles priests at the Last Supper. He said to them: “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
How do priests exercise their power to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ?
Priests have the power to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ at the Mass. They pray the words of Consecration, which are the words of Christ: "This is My Body; this is My Blood." Only an ordained Catholic priest has the power to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.
Jesus comes to us when a priest prays the words of Consecration: “This is My Body; this is My Blood.” Through the words of Consecration, Christ’s Body and Blood become present in the Holy Eucharist. Christ gives His ordained priests this power to consecrate the bread and wine into His Body and Blood.
Jesus made His Apostles priests at the Last Supper. He also gave them the power to consecrate the Holy Eucharist. He did this when He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Only ordained Catholic priests have this power. They bring Jesus to us in the Holy Eucharist. No other person can consecrate the bread and wine in the Mass. Anyone who is not a priest does not have this power. Deacons, nuns and laypeople cannot consecrate.
Our Lord only allows a truly ordained Catholic priest to bring Himself to us. A priest is an “alter Christus,” or another Christ. Priests have received this power through the succession of the Apostles. The ability to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus is a wonderful privilege. This is an honor given only to priests.
What is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?
The Mass is the re-presentation of the Sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In the Mass, Christ’s Sacrifice occurs in an unbloody manner ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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