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The Complete Catholic Handbook

The Complete Catholic Handbook

Eucharist

  1. What is the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
  2. How are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Christ?
  3. When are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Christ?
  4. Why has Christ given Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist?
  5. Is Christ received whole and entire under either kind alone?
  6. In order to receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily what is required?
  7. What is it to be in a state of grace?
  8. Is it a great sin to receive Holy Communion in mortal sin?
  9. Is the Blessed Eucharist a Sacrament only?
  10. What is a sacrifice?
  11. What is the Sacrifice of the New Law?
  12. What is the Holy Mass?
  13. Is the Holy Mass one and the same Sacrifice with that of the Cross?
  14. For what ends is the Sacrifice of the Mass offered?
  15. Is the Mass also a memorial of the Passion and Death of our Lord?

  1. What is the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
    The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, together with His Soul and Divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine.

    Holy Eucharist.
    Holy thanksgiving. This Sacrament is so called because at its institution our Lord gave thanks to His Father; also, because it is the chief act by which we praise and thank Almighty God. It is also called the ‘Holy Communion’, the ‘Holy Host’, the ‘Viaticum’, etc. The Holy Eucharist is the greatest of all the Sacraments, for it contains our Lord Himself, from whom all graces come.

    Outward sign.
    The matter consists of wheaten bread and wine of the grape. The form consists of the words: ‘This is My Body’; ‘This is the chalice’, etc.

    Effects.
    Gives us our Lord Himself; increases sanctifying grace; and gives a special grace which nourishes the soul.

    Institution.
    On Maundy Thursday, at the Last Supper, when Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it, and said, ‘Take ye, and eat: this is My Body.’ And taking the chalice, He said, ‘This is My Blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins’. (Matt. 26:26–28)

    Minister.
    A priest, or sometimes a deacon.

    Under the appearances, etc.
    It looks, tastes, smells, and feels like bread and wine. These appearances are sometimes called the accidents of the Sacrament.

  2. How are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Christ?
    The bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ by the power of God, to whom nothing is impossible or difficult.

  3. When are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Christ?
    The bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ when the words of consecration, ordained by Jesus Christ, are pronounced by the priest in the Holy Mass.

  4. Why has Christ given Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist?
    Christ has given Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist to be the life and the food of our souls, ‘He that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me’; ‘He that eateth this bread shall live for ever’. (John 6:58, 59)

  5. Is Christ received whole and entire under either kind alone?
    Christ is received whole and entire under either kind alone.

  6. In order to receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily what is required?
    In order to receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily it is required that we be in a state of grace and keep the prescribed fast; water does not break this fast.

    The prescribed fast.
    1. The faithful are bound to abstain for three hours from solid foods and alcoholic beverages, for one hour from non-alcoholic beverages, before Holy Communion. Those who receive Holy Communion at midnight or in the small hours of the morning must observe these times.
    2. The sick, even if they are not confined to bed, may take non-alcoholic beverages and genuine medicines, both liquid and solid, before Holy Communion without any time limit. Those who have communicated in the morning may not receive Communion at the Evening Mass.

  7. What is it to be in a state of grace?
    To be in a state of grace is to be free from mortal sin, and pleasing to God.

  8. Is it a great sin to receive Holy Communion in mortal sin?
    It is a great sin to receive Holy Communion in mortal sin, ‘for he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment for himself’. (1 Cor. 11:29)

  9. Is the Blessed Eucharist a Sacrament only?
    The Blessed Eucharist is not a Sacrament only; it is also a sacrifice.

  10. What is a sacrifice?
    A sacrifice is the offering of a victim by a priest to God alone, in testimony of His being the Sovereign Lord of all things.

  11. What is the Sacrifice of the New Law?
    The Sacrifice of the New Law is the Holy Mass.

    The Mass.
    The oblation or offering made or sent to God by the ministry of the priest. As a sacrifice the Holy Eucharist is commonly called the ‘Mass’. In the Mass the Blood of our Lord is not visibly shed as it was on Mount Calvary

  12. What is the Holy Mass?
    The Holy Mass is the Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, really present on the altar under the appearances of bread and wine, and offered to God for the living and the dead.

  13. Is the Holy Mass one and the same Sacrifice with that of the Cross?
    The Holy Mass is one, and the same Sacrifice with that of the Cross, inasmuch as Christ, who offered Himself, a bleeding Victim, on the Cross, to His Heavenly Father, continues to offer Himself in an unbloody manner on the altar, through the ministry of His priests.

  14. For what ends is the Sacrifice of the Mass offered?
    The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for four ends: first, to give supreme honour and glory to God; secondly, to thank Him for all His benefits; thirdly, to satisfy God for our sins and to obtain the grace of repentance; and fourthly, to obtain all other graces and blessings through Jesus Christ.

    The ends.
    The objects for which it is offered.

    Benefit.
    A favour, a good deed.

  15. Is the Mass also a memorial of the Passion and Death of our Lord?
    The Mass is also a memorial of the Passion and Death of our Lord, for Christ at His last supper said, ‘Do this for a commemoration of Me.’ (Luke 22:19)

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