Jesus said: “He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life” (John 6:54).
The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life. This celebration always comprises of:
- An introduction
- A liturgy of the Word, including the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospel.
- A Eucharistic liturgy of praise and intercession with the consecration of the bread and wine. The communion closes this part.
- A conclusion: the blessing by the priest and the sending forth of the faithful into the world to bear witness.
The Eucharist symbolizes the Passover of Christ, the work of salvation rendered present by liturgical action. It is Christ Himself who acts through the ministry of priests and the prayer of the faithful, and offers sacrifice. Christ is truly present within the elements of bread and wine.
Holy communion increases the union of the communion with the Lord and strengthens the unity of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.
COMMUNION OF THE SICK
Note that if you can not easily move during the Mass, you can ask someone to see the president of the celebration. A priest will go to see you after Mass to give you communion.