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Raphael “Disputation of the Blessed Sacrament,” 1510.
When the exact words of Consecration are said by an ordained Catholic priest, the bread and the wine become Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. What are these precise words?
The Consecration—the moment when the Priest transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Our Lord by repeating the words of Jesus:
This is my Body (hoc est enim corpus meum)
This is the cup of my Blood (hic est calix sanguinis meus)
Even though it doesn’t look any different, the substance is completely changed. No longer are the bread and wine present. It is now Jesus entirely. Jesus is really there under the appearance of bread and wine. The appearance of the bread and wine is called the “accidents.” Jesus is completely present in the Host and completely present in the Blood (the Consecrated Wine). If you broke a Host in half, Jesus would still be completely present. This dogma is believed by an act of faith. As St. Thomas Aquinas wrote in the Sequence used on the Feast of Corpus Christ:
This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
To his precious blood the wine:
Sight has fail’d, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith believes,
Resting on a pow’r divine.
Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
Signs, not things are all we see:
Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
Christ entire we know to be.
Do you know what we call the changing of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the Lord? It’s called Transubstantiation (literally “across substances”). This is a very big word, but it’s very important that you remember it and understand what it means. Transubstantiation means that the bread and wine is actually transformed or completely changed. The substance changes, meaning the makeup of the bread and of the wine are no longer bread or wine, but really Jesus. Just because they still look like bread and wine doesn’t matter because what they are now is really and truly Jesus.
Some people have been misinformed (they are wrong) and they say that this just a symbol of Him and not the Real Presence of Jesus. This is not true, and you should do what you can to teach them the truth. Many people, even during the time of Jesus, were not able to accept His teaching that the Eucharist really is His Body and Blo... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.