Eucharist, like Baptism and Confirmation, is a Sacraments of Initiation. The word, itself, comes from the Greek word meaning “to give thanks.” The Catechims of the Catholic Church, #1322, states, “The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.”
Each faith has a cornerstone. For Catholics and other Christian denomiations, it is the “breaking of the bread.”
From his book “A Well Built Faith,,” by Joe Paprocki, shares “The Eucharist… is an embrace. Not a momentary embrace, but a lifelong one. Through our reception of the Eucharist, we are embraced by God, who heals and satisfies our inner ache. At the same time, our reception of the Eucharist is an embrace, not only of God, but of our neighbors, as well. The Eucharist is not a ‘me and God’ experience. To share a table is to enter into relationship with others. Likewise, we don’t normally drink from the same cup that someone else is drinking from, unless we have an intimate relationship with that person. So we are, in a sense, becoming intimate with those who share the cup of communion. Our communion with God is thus fulfilled by loving our brothers and sisters. Communion compels us to recognize the presence of God not only in the bread and wine but also in the flesh of those we encounter each and every day.”
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1324, it says simply, "When we gather we do more than just come together in Jesus’ name. We come together to partake, to celebrate. We become united with Christ in a unique way."
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