“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”
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Catholic Teaching on the Sacrament of the Eucharist
The Eucharist, also commonly known as Communion, is Jesus Christ, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, which He gave to the apostles, telling them to do likewise, at the Last Supper. The Catholic Church commemorates this event at every Mass, making Jesus Christ present to us once again in the Blessed Sacrament. By receiving Him with love, reverence, and devotion, we grow to be more like Him individually and as the Church. We are brought into greater communion with Him and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Because of its great importance, the Second Vatican Council called the Eucharist “the source and the summit of the Christian life.” By returning weekly, or even daily, to the Mass, we are given heavenly food for our journey on earth and are able to grow in grace and holiness.
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