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The Last Supper

Painting by Carl Bloch, 1876

"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" (Matthew 26:26-28)

God's love for us is poured out in the sacrament of the Eucharist, where Christ is truly present for us, giving us life and healing.

The Roman Catholic Church has consistently held fast to the belief in the Real Presence. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."

- The Catechism of the Catholic Church: paragraph 1374

In many ways, Our Lord, is calling us to worship and receive Him in the Eucharist. He speaks this desire in many ways: through the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church, in the Bible (Jn. 6), through his Blessed Mother in approved Marian apparitions, through the testimonies of Saints and Martyrs, through Eucharistic miracles, through Church approved messages given by Jesus by Divine Revelation, through our souls who long for Jesus in Communion, and through our suffering world which is in much need of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Unfortunately many of us disbelieve or have grown indifferent towards Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Introduction to the Eucharist
Articles and Audio programs that give a basic understanding of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and the Mass.

The Eucharist in Scripture
Yes, the Bible affirms that Jesus is really present in the Holy Eucharist!

The Eucharist and Vatican II
Many people have distorted the Vatican II documents to down play the Eucharist. These pages contain actual excerpts in context to show what the documents really say.

Eucharistic Miracles
Since the beginning of Christianity, Jesus has demonstrated His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament through Eucharistic Miracles. Our Omniscient Lord strengthens those of us with little faith by His miracles. We should not get 'caught up' in the search of miracles but be drawn closer to Jesus by those which Church authority has approved.

Mass and Liturgy
The Sacrifice of the Eucharist as the central act of worship of the Catholic Church. The "Mass" is a late form of missio (sending), from which the faithful are sent to put into practice what they have learned and use the graces they have received in the Eucharistic liturgy. The Mass cannot be understood apart from Calvary, of which it is a re-presentation, memorial, and effective application of the merits gained by Christ.*

ADORE-L Listserv
A moderated email based discussion group is available for those who are seriously interested in the Eucharist and Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

Other Topics
Annunciation, Incarnation, Nativity, Eucharistic Congresses, Letters by and Questions Asked of Fr. John A. Hardon and Recommended Books.

Spiritual Resources
A list of recommended books, videos, audios and periodicals on the Blessed Sacrament to increase your knowledge and devotion to the Eucharist.

The Real Presence
A deeper look at what the Catholic Church means when it says "Christ is Really Present in the Eucharist".

The Early Christians Believed in the Real Presence
What the most prominent early Christians (before 500 A.D.) believed about the Eucharist. Did they believe that the Eucharist was Jesus actually present or just a mere symbol?

Personal Testimonies
Many conversions, miracles, etc. have happened to everyday people thanks to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Listen to their stories!

Priesthood
Sacrament of the New Law, instituted by Christ at the Last Supper, which confers on a man the power of consecrating and offering the body and blood of Christ, and of remitting and retaining sins. *

Holy Communion
A special union of the soul with Christ. When the consecrated species is physically united with the communicant, the Eucharist confers actual graces to make acts of love for God and one's neighbor. It also curbs all disordered passions and confers a new title to the final resurrection of the body in heavenly glory. A final effect of Communion is to remove the personal guilt of venial sins, and the temporal punishment due to forgiven sins. *

Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass
Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle or through exposition. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a wonderful devotion that adores Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. Through a deeper love and closer relationship with Jesus, you acquire the strength, healing and peace to make it through your pilgrimage of life and to achieve your ultimate goal - Heaven and the Beatific Vision.

Links to other pages on the Eucharist
Your guide to the wide variety of material on the Eucharist.

 

The Angel's Prayer at Fatima

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.



Our Lady of America

Our Lady of America

With the kind permission of
The Our Lady of America Center
www.ourladyofamerica.com

Regarding Our Lady of America
Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke,
Archbishop of St. Louis,
now Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.


The painting of The Last Supper by Carl Bloch is used with the permission of
Det Nationalhistoriske Museum på Frederiksborg, Hillerød, Denmark

* Modern Catholic Dictionary by John A. Hardon, S.J.,
Published and Distributed by Eternal Life ®
Copyright © 1999 by Inter Mirifica





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