In this 2nd Grade lesson, we learn of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the most important of all Sacraments.
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We know that the Eucharist REALLY IS the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It’s not a symbol of Him, it is actually HIM.
Now we’ll look at how this miracle happens.
Role of the Priest
Who can make Jesus present in the bread and wine? When did Christ give His priests the power to change bread and wine into His body and blood?
Christ gave His priests the power to change bread and wine into His body and blood. He did this when He made the Apostles the first bishops. He ordained His Apostles into bishops at the Last Supper. He said to them: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” He wanted them to know exactly what He wanted them to do once He was gone. By making them bishops and teaching them how to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood, He was showing them how to bring all of us who are Catholic the Eucharist.
How do priests have the power to change bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus?
ONLY an ordained Catholic priest can to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. He does this at the “consecration” of the Mass. He says the words Jesus said.
At the Last Supper Jesus gave his Apostles the power to consecrate the Eucharist. Only men who are ordained priests (or bishops) have the power and authority to take bread and wine and make it into Jesus.
Can your mom open a jar of grape juice and a loaf of bread and make them into Jesus? No.
Can your dad make a sandwich and a juice box turn into Jesus? No.
Can a deacon or a nun "fill in" and do what the priest does? No.
Only an ordained Catholic priest has the authority to say Mass and bring us the Eucharist. The only person who can bring Jesus to us is the priest. The priest has received the power to do this through the Apostles, who received their power from Jesus.
The Apostles handed down this power to today’s priests. The awesome power to change bread and wine into Jesus is a wonderful honor. This power is given only to priests and Bishops.
What is the Mass?
The Mass is a sacrifice. We call it the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Christ, through the priest, offers Himself to God in an un-bloody way. This un-bloody sacrifice brings us back to the Last Supper.
The Mass that we experience is the same sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross. This is hard to understand. With God, there is no sense of time. God is outside of time. It is important to understand that at each Mass Jesus is not dying again. The Last Supper is really the f... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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