This is my Body, given up for you. This is my Blood, poured out for you. Jesus said what He meant. Jesus meant what He said. When he celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples at Passover, He gave them the gift of Himself so that He could remain with them and with those who would come after them forever. Just as the Jewish people eat and drink of the Passover Lamb. so Christians are invited to eat and drink from Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Many non-Catholic Christians fail to understand the words of Jesus in the Gospel, especially in John, Chapter 6. The Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It is not a symbol. It is real. As Catholics we cherish this most awesome gift from God. It is why we gather every week, and some even every day. Jesus desires to dwell within us through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
In order to receive Holy Communion, a person must be at least 7 years old, been baptized and gone to Confession. In addition, a person must believe that the Eucharist is the Body & Blood of Jesus, desire to live in charity with all other people and have fasted (eaten nothing) for one hour before Holy Communion (ideally so we are aware of our truest hunger, for Jesus).
In addition to Holy Communion, Catholics come into the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist for prayer. It is good to simply be in the presence of Jesus. Often, this is called Eucharistic Adoration, as we come like the Shepherds and Magi did to adore our Blessed Lord. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is offered in the Chapel at St. Raymond every Thursday from 8:30am until 4:00pm. In addition, there is EUCHARISTIC ADORATION at Saint Athanasius Church on Tuesdays from 9am until 7pm – all are welcome!
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