Sacrament of the Eucharist
What is the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is a sacrament in which Christ becomes really present to us in a sacramental way under the appearance of bread and wine. Bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ. Christ (food from heaven) gives himself to us. Time and eternity meet; humanity is touched by the divine.
It is a sacrifice in which Christ is offered as a sacrificial Victim to his Father. It is a re-presentation of the sacrifice of the cross. On the cross Christ offered himself in a bloody manner. On the altar Christ is contained in the sacred species and offers himself (for our reconciliation) in an unbloody manner.
It is the source and summit of the life of the Church. It contains Christ. All other sacraments, ministries, and apostolate work are oriented towards the Eucharist. The Eucharist keeps the Church in existence; is the sign and the cause of communion and life in the divine life; and the unity of the Church. It is the culmination of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and the worship people offer to Christ.
It is a mystery of faith.