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Eucharist

From the very beginning of the Church, the Eucharist formed the centre of its life of worship. This is clearly indicated by the Acts of the Apostles. In the second chapter we hear that the 3,000 people baptized by the apostles on Pentecost devoted themselves to "the breaking of the bread.”  To this day, each time we gather for Eucharist, we remember and make present the Lord as Christians have done since Jesus first said, "Do this in remembrance of me."

At the head of our calendar stands Sunday, still called by us the Lord’s Day, the First Day of creation, the Day when Christ defeated death and the Spirit blew upon the disciples (Catechism, #2174-2175). It is above all the day when we assemble.

If we look at the history of the Mass from the days of the apostles to our own time, we shall see there have been many changes in the way our Church has understood the Eucharist. But throughout that long tradition is the firm belief in the real presence of the risen Jesus in the Eucharist and in the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. Christians, gathered together for Eucharist, are conscious all the while that the risen Jesus is in their midst as they do so.

Jesus' presence in the Eucharist is not static: He is not satisfied just to be there. He is there to act dynamically in order to change our lives. At Eucharist we meet Christ and are challenged by him in the assembly of his people. He is there to make us whole people. He is there to bring harmony and peace into our lives, our families, our country, our world. He comes to make us experience ourselves as his body in the world.

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