Holy Eucharist

Just as the human body requires food and drink for its physical nurture and growth, the soul needs food for its nurture and growth. Sensing this deep need of the human soul, and aware of his approaching death on a cross, Jesus shares a farewell meal with his beloved companions. This meal, called the Last Supper, becomes the First Supper for the Christian Church.

In this sacred meal, Jesus takes ordinary table bread and wine, gives God thanks (Eucharist is a Greek word for thanksgiving), beseeches God to bless it, and distributes it with these astounding and eternal words: “This bread is my body. This wine is my blood. Every time you eat this bread and drink this wine in my name, I will be present with you.” Similarly ordinary bread and wine become the body and blood of the Christ for the faithful.