The miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. ~ Catholics Come Home.org

The greatest of all sacraments is the Mass, also called the Eucharist. On the night before he died, Jesus celebrated a Passover meal with his disciples.  He took bread and said, “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body which will be given up for you.”  After supper he took the cup, saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this in memory of me”. (Eucharistic Prayer I; Mt 26:26-29); Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:17-20; I Co 11:23-29). In this way Jesus showed his disciples that his death on the cross would be a sacrifice to bring forgiveness of sins.  Catholics share in that sacrifice by celebrating Mass (I Co 10:16-18).  When a priest or a bishop says the words consecration, the bread and wine really become the body and blood or Jesus.  They still retain the appearance of bread and wine but what they are has changed. This unique and wholly mysterious change the Church calls transubstantiation. In sharing the Eucharist, Catholics share in an effective sign of their unity in love.  The Eucharist is essentially a communion and is therefore called Holy Communion.  (Christianity: an Introduction to the Catholic Faith, Prof. David Albert Jones)

First Communion -faqs

Preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Communion:

Because of the intimate connection of the Sacrament of Holy Communion to our life in Christ, we must be free of any grave or mortal sin before receiving it, as St. Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29. Otherwise, as he warns, we receive the sacrament unworthily, and we "eateth and drinketh damnation" to ourselves.

If we are aware of having committed a mortal sin, we must participate in the Sacrament of Confession first. The Church sees the two sacraments as connected, and urges us, when we can, to join frequent Confession with frequent Communion.

Making a Spiritual Communion:

If we cannot receive Holy Communion physically, either because we cannot make it to Mass or because we need to go to Confession first, we can pray an Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we express our desire to be united with Christ and ask Him to come into our soul. A spiritual communion is not sacramental, but prayed devoutly, it can be a source of grace that can strengthen us until we can receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion once again.

The Effects of the Sacrament of Holy Communion:

Receiving Holy Communion worthily brings us graces that affect us both spiritually and physically. Spiritually, our souls become more united to Christ, both through the graces we receive and through the change in our actions that those graces effect. Frequent Communion increases our love for God and for our neighbour, which expresses itself in action, which makes us more like Christ.

By receiving Christ's Body and Blood, our own bodies are sanctified, and we grow in our likeness to Christ. 

The following video entitled ‘Eucharist 101’ presented by Fr. Charles Dominique further explores the Sacrament of Holy Communion and discusses some of the most commonly raised questions. 

Fr. Charles Dominique - Eucharist 101

Other Resources:

 

Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive)

Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe)

Catholic Education: Eucharist

Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

First Communion - contact

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