Eucharist: Pope Francis on the Heart of the Church

Stefanie BrossNews, News

Today begins a new series of catecheses devoted to the Eucharist.

The Mass is the very heart” of the Church and the source of her life.  Pope Francis

How many martyrs have died to defend the Eucharist! 
Their witness confirms our Lord’s promise that by partaking of his body and blood we pass with him from death to life (cf. Jn 6:54).



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What is the Holy Eucharist?

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1 Corinthians 11: 24-29


The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying,
This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.


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At every celebration of Mass, our lives, offered in union with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, How many martyrs have died to defend the Eucharist!  Their witness confirms our Lord’s promise that by partaking of his body and blood we pass with him from death to life (cf. Jn 6:54).  At every celebration of Mass, our lives, offered in union with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, become, in him, an offering of praise and thanksgiving pleasing to the Father, for the salvation of the world.  The liturgical renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council sought to help the faithful understand more fully and share more fruitful in the Eucharist.

At Mass, Jesus becomes truly present and allows us in some way, like the Apostle Thomas, to touch his flesh and renew our faith in him. 

What Saint Thomas asks the Lord is what we are all  in need of: to see Him, and touch Him to be able to  recognize Him. The Sacraments come to meet this  human need. The Sacraments, and the Eucharistic Celebration particularly, are signs of God’s love, the privileged ways for us to encounter Him. 

In coming weeks, we will seek to grow in our appreciation of this great gift, so as to share more  fully in its spiritual riches and beauty, which give ultimate meaning and direction to our lives. 

May Our Lady accompany us in this new stretch of the way. 

Pope Francis

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EUCHARIST

(Greek eucharistia = thanksgiving): Eucharist was at first the name for the prayer of thanksgiving that preceded the transformation of the bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood in the liturgy of the early Church.
Later the term was applied to the whole celebration of the Mass.
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St. Francis de Sales
In the Holy Eucharist we become one with God like food with the body. ST. FRANCIS DE SALES (1567-1622)

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Wednesday Catechesis


Every Wednesday the Pope addresses the crowd at Saint Peter Square. The Papal Audience is not a mass but the Pope gives a themed speech (Catechesis) , followed by prayers, a homily, and some singing.The word catechesis comes from the Greek meaning "to echo the teaching" meaning that catechesis or the teaching of the faith is an interactive process in which the Word of God re-sounds between and among the proclaimer, the one receiving the message, and the Holy Spirit!

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