Newsletter for Sunday 7 June 2015

5 Jun

Corpus Christi and what
‘the Real Presence’ of Christ means

Catholics believe that Jesus is truly present in the community assembled for worship.  We also believe that he is present in the priest who presides over the Eucharist in his name, and in the proclamation of the Word of God.  But in addition, we believe that Jesus is present in a special way in the sacred species of bread and wine.

Exactly how Jesus is present in the consecrated bread and wine is a mystery.  The church has used the word transubstantiation to express that at the consecration during Mass, the reality (the substance) of the bread and wine changes into the reality of Jesus – his risen, glorified body and blood.  To receive Jesus in the ‘species’ of the bread or the ‘species’ of the wine is to receive the whole Christ since he is totally present in both species.

Catholics believe that it is a wonderful privilege to receive our Lord in Holy Communion.  We cannot be more closely united to Christ and to one another than in our reception of the Eucharist.

Catholics also believe that our Lord’s presence endures in the Blessed Sacrament.  In Catholic churches the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle usually located at the centre of the High Altar or in a side chapel.

Let us celebrate Corpus Christi by professing our faith in Him who is really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

(From:  Michael Francis Pennock, This is our Faith – A Catholic Catechism for Adults, pg 162)

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