"The Lamb of God," "The Bread of Life," "The Body and the Blood of Christ"... these are phrases we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching? Acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre rigorously digs down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching. We'll discover firsthand how "this is My Body" and "this is My Blood" is an integral and wondrous part of God's plan for our salvation.
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Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper as written in the Gospels (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23) and St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). In these Scripture passages, Jesus commands us to repeat his actions and words. The Church, from its beginning, has faithfully obeyed the Lord’s command by celebrating the liturgy of the Eucharist at every Mass.
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life…for in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself…” (CCC 1324). The Eucharist is:
At Mass, by the words of consecration and the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church calls this change "transubstantiation." The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a mystery that cannot be comprehended by the senses, "but only by faith which relies on divine authority" (CCC 1381).
All Catholics who wish to receive First Communion must first attend courses of instruction. Children should be enrolled in the CCD program at Bishop Conroy School of Religion. Adults should be enrolled in the RCIA. Please contact us by email or call the rectory at 315-393-3930.
UNDERSTANDING THE EUCHARIST
Once a militant opponent of the Catholic Church, Dr. Scott Hahn highlights the key misunderstandings people have about the Eucharist. In this powerful presentation, he explains the Church's teaching from a scriptural and historical perspective in an entertaining and thorough fashion. Click on the CD cover image at left to listen to a preview and purchase the talk.