Jesus took the unleavened bread of where the new life of freedom comes. Prayed and then said “This is my body, which will be given up for you”. Then he took the final cup and prayed, and said “This is a cup of my blood, The blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed (give) for you, and for all, so that sins may be forgiven.” “Do this memory of me”
- Was a symbol of love and friendship. To break bread with someone was to show that you loved them like a member of your own family.
The Cup of Wine (Blood of Christ)
- To the Jews means “life”. It had much the same sense that the word “heart” has to us today. Blood which will be shed (given) for you, Serious agreement were sealed in blood. Jesus offers his blood to seal the new contract between God and us.
Jesus is asking his disciples to repeat this holy meal as a way of keeping him alive and to our heart to the world after his death. Whenever we gather to this, Jesus promises to be present in our midst (side).
If you are the Body of Christ and its members it is what you are that respond “Amen” this response is your signature. You hear “ Body of Christ” you respond Amen. Be a member of the Body of Christ so that your Amen may be true. (Sermo272 PL38, 1247)
- Jesus making a new covenant, God will love us as a parent loves a child and we will love and serve God as sons and daughters. Covenant is a bonding agreement between two parties. This covenant may be between two equals person or a superior (Higher in Social Position) or inferior (Lower Social Position)
Jesus on the Road to Emmaus. Luke 24:13-35; Mark 16:12-13. That same day two disciples left Jerusalem to walk to a place called Emmaus. They were very sad. They talked about the death of Jesus. Suddenly Jesus was walking beside them. Jesus walked with them but they did not know who He was. He talked with them and explained why the Christ had to die. Suddenly they realized that the stranger was Jesus Himself. Then He disappeared out of their sight.
This is for the purpose of bringing us together into the united body, ready to participate by giving of ourselves, by breaking bread together.
The Celebrated of the Eucharist begins as Christians come together in one place. Opening Greeting the greeting reminds we us why we are gathered to worship.
The Mass is made up of two parts , the Liturgy of the Word , and the Liturgy of the Eucharist . The Liturgy of the Word usually ends with the homily, after the Gospel has been proclaimed. The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the Creed, or the Prayers of the Faithful.
Begins with Readings from the Scripture or the Bible. On Sundays and solemn days, three Scripture readings are given. The first reading is from the Old Testament followed by a Responsorial Psalm. The second reading is from the New Testament usually from the writings of St. Paul. The Alleluia is then said or usually sang before the Proclamation of the Holy Gospel . All these readings reveal the riches of God’s Word.
Through these, God speaks to His people, opens up the meaning of salvation and nourishes their spirit.
The people recite the “I Believe” which serves as a way for the people to affirm their faith in the Word of God heard in the readings and through the homily and for them to call to mind the truths of their faith before they begin to celebrate the Eucharist.
General Intercessions or Prayer of the Faithful Here, the people intercede for all humanity. It is appropriate that this prayer be included in all Masses so that petition will be offered for the Church, for civil authorities, for those oppressed by different needs and for all people.
At the last supper, Christ instituted the sacrifice and paschal meal that make the sacrifice of the cross to be continuously present in the church. The church then has planned the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy around the parts corresponding to these words and actions of Christ:
Preparation Of The Gifts (usually referred to as the Offertory)
At the beginning of the liturgy of the Eucharist the gifts, which will become Christ’s body and blood, are brought to the altar. First the altar or the Lord’s table, which is the center of the whole Eucharistic Liturgy, is prepared: the corporal, purificator, missal, chalice, altar candle, altar cross, and ciborium are placed on it.
Now the center and summit of the entire celebration begins: the Eucharistic prayer, a prayer of thanksgiving and sanctification. As the priest consecrates the bread and wine, they become the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ . The priest invites the people for the acclamation of our Faith and then to lift up their hearts to the Lord in prayer and thanks.
It is right that the faithful who are properly disposed receive the Lord’s body and blood as spiritual food as He commanded. This is the purpose of the breaking of bread and the other preparatory rites that lead directly to the communion of the people:
The Lord’s Prayer : Recited or usually sang by all including the priest, this is a petition both for daily food, which for Christians means also the eucharistic bread, and for the forgiveness of sins.
Sign of Peace : Before they share in the same bread, the faithful implore peace and unity for the Church and for the whole human family and offer some sign of their love for one another.
Communion of the faithful or the actual reception of the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Those who received are expected to remain in silence and meditate the value of receiving Christ in this Sacrament.
It is the Church doctrine that the Holy Communion is morally necessary for our salvation.
Prayer after Communion After the silence or song following Communion or after the purification of the vessels, the priest then invites the faithful to pray, which closes the Communion rite.
Eternal Father, permit me to offer to Thee the Heart of Jesus Christ, Thy well beloved Son, as He offers Himself to Thee Sacrifice. Graciously receive this offering on my behalf and receive all the desires, sentiments and affections, all the movements and acts of this Sacred Heart. They are all mine, since he immolates himself for me, and since I intend to have no other desires henceforth but His. Receive them in satisfaction for my sins and in thanksgiving for all his benefits. Graciously receive them, all the merits of the graces of which I stand in need, especially the grace of final perseverance. Receive them as so many acts of love, adoration and praise which I offer to Thy Divine Majesty, since it is by Thy Divine Son alone that Thou art worthily honored and glorified. Amen