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The eucharist


Eucharist History -reenacts the closing events of jesus' life -links past-present-future one ceremony -powerful, meaningful

ritual -last of the 3 sacraments of initiation -prescribed by christ -have to see the eucharist as body, not bread Eucharist

celebrates -"a way of remembering" -daily reminder of Gods love -jesus shared bread at last supper/do this in memory of

me -a thanksgiving feast -"eucharist" means giving thanx Ritual Meal -earliest form of rituals are eating and gathering

-sacrifice meal -ritual not a routine -builds on the symbolism of a ritual mean Sign and Symbols -symbol of gods love for

us -jesus' body -last supper/banquet -welcome others to participate in the eucharist -unfilled celebration -if we went to

mass on sunday, it would make the rest of the week more meaningful -unified body -it is the most commonly received

sacrament, most pivotal of 7 -as a community, we celebrate the presence of christ in the eucharist -bread: basic food for

most people/closely assoc with nature human work Vestements -white/purple/black robe Words -"Do this in Memory of

Me." -"This is my body, which has been given up for you." ST. ROBERT'S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL


THE EUCHARIST Thesis: The Eucharist is a sign of Jesus' death, and how He gave himself up for us, and how we

experience Him through His body. History of the Eucharist The Eucharist is a Jewish Ritual of worship. It dates back to

the Last Supper, where Jesus celebrated a typical Jewish community meal with His friends. Sharing a meal with family,

(very important to the Jews) also dates back to the Passover Meal. This is called the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the

early Christians added Jewish synagogue service and then became the Liturgy of the Word. The Eucharist is a sacrament,

and is also a ritual. It is a repeated sacrament, and is the most frequently used among all sacraments. It is "a way of

remembering" and a daily reminder if God's love. Jesus at the Last Supper shared bread with us, and said "Do this in

Memory of Me." This is why we have bread, because it represents Jesus' body, and how He gave Himself up for us. The

first little while of the Church, the "Mass was celebrated as a friendship meal called agape." Christians shared brought

food to the house where they were assembled, but as the numbers increased, the meal was cut down to bread and wine.

Today, the offertory collection echoes the early years of the spirit giving at the Eucharist. It is living bread that came down

from heaven. Whoever believes has eternal life. Rituals of the Eucharist The Eucharist, breaking of the bread, sharing the

wine, eating and gathering are the earliest form of rituals. These rituals are a sacrifice meal. They are sacrifice meals

because they take time, and are enjoyed, so therefore it is a meal, not a routine. The sharing of the meal is important, and

it is a time of experiencing each other. The word Eucharist means giving thanks, and the ritual of the Eucharist is like a

"Thanksgiving every day of the year". Symbols of the Eucharist The Eucharist is a symbol of God's love for us. It

illustrates Jesus's body, and welcomes others to participate in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is an unfilled Celebration and

receiving the Eucharist on Sunday, makes the rest of the week more meaningful. It symbolizes the unified body of Christ,

and the church symbolizes a community as we celebrate the presence in Christ in the Eucharist. The bread symbolizes

giving thanks, and is the basic food for most people and is closely associated with nature and work of human hands.

Sharing the Cup represents that drink is essential to life and both bread and wine are symbols of Christ. It also symbolizes

how we can go forty days without water as opposed to five days without water.

Proclaiming the Word of God means that Jesus is present in the Gospels and He comes alive for us in hearing the words

and stories of his life. We stand to welcome Christ into our living word of God. Vestments The garments worn during the

Eucharist at Church are either Black, White, or Purple. These are for different times of the year. Black symbolizes death,

purple illustrates Advent, and white portrays ordinary time. Words, Statements, Responses There are many different

expressions used in the Mass, all with important meanings. First, the priest prepares the gifts, to make them Holy. We

respond "Blessed it be God forever." Another one is "Do this in Memory of Me." This means that Jesus gave Himself up

for us, and wants us to remember what He did for us. It reenacts the closing events of Jesus' life on earth. This is followed

by the Eucharist Prayer "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord..." then ensued by "Lord, I am not worth to receive you, but only say the

word, and I shall be healed." This means to clean yourself of sins, and get ready for the body of Christ. To ask God if He

welcomes you to receive the Eucharist.


COOKE, Bernard, THE EUCHARIST, "Mystery of Friendship" Centre of Studies in Religious Education Ohio, 1969.

GUZIE, Tad, W. JESUS AND THE EUCHARIST, Paulist Press New York, 1974 RELIGION MANUAL p: 117-131



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