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Other names for the sacrament of Eucharist


The richness of this sacrament is expressed in the different names Catholics use to refer to it, because each name evokes a certain aspect of the Eucharist.

 

·         “The Lord’s Supper” connects the celebration of the sacrament with the supper the Lord, which took place with his disciples on the eve of his Passion, and also anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the kingdom of heaven.

·         The “breaking of the bread” not only recalls the action of Jesus at the Last Supper, but also the action by which the disciples recognized him after his Resurrection. This expression was also used by the first Christians who believed that all who eat the one broken bread, which is Christ, enter into communion with him and form one body in him.

·         “Holy Communion” refers to our belief that when we partake of the Eucharist we untie ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his body and blood to form a single body.

 

The Blessed Sacrament

Catholics also refer to the Eucharist as the Blessed Sacrament, for we believe that once the priest says the words instituted by Christ and invokes the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine become Christ’s body and blood. Because of our belief that the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ, Catholics refer to this change as ‘transubstantiation.’ 

Our belief in Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist places it above all the sacraments.  According to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, it is the ‘source and summit of our Catholic faith."


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