THE MEANING OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
As one of the sacraments of Christian initiation, the sacrament of the Eucharist is "the source and summit of all Christian life." It is indeed around the Eucharist that revolves the life of the Church. It is the sum of our faith. The other sacraments and all ecclesial ministers and apostolate, are bound to the Eucharist and ordered to it. The sacrament of the Eucharist is designated by a variety of names including: Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, Eucharistic assembly, the Holy and Divine Liturgy, Communion, etc. It is called "Eucharist" because it is thanksgiving to God; Lord's Supper because it recalls the Lord's Supper on the eve of his passion; Eucharistic assembly because the Eucharist is lived in community; Holy and Divine Liturgy, because the entire liturgy of the Church finds its most profound expression in the celebration of this sacrament; communion because it can unite us to Christ makes us participant of his body and blood to form one body with him. The vital signs of the Eucharist appear in the species of bread and wine that become the body and blood of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit. In the Eucharist, Jesus gives us his body and blood in sharing that takes place our fellowship with Him. This is the fundamental fruit of communion we receive at Mass. Holy Communion or the body of Christ realizes more and tightens our union with Christ. "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in Me and I in him" (John 6.56). If the Eucharist unites us closely to Christ, we must also say that it promotes the unity of the Church, it brings together all the faithful in one body.
ON THE WEB
This term refers to the first communion of the body and blood of Christ during Mass. Most often, it occurs when the child is around 9 or 10 years ..
Preparing young people - with their families - to the sacrament of communion is taking place on Sunday mornings in our church.
To prepare a young person or an adult to communion, call the church Rawdon: 450-834-2323.