Rites Of The Catholic Church

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One of the most important sacraments of the Catholic Church is the Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion. The Eucharist is not merely the consumption of bread and wine, but a sacrifice and meal full of symbols, rituals, meaning and community involvement. To gain an understanding of the Eucharist, it is important to first to look at the symbols, how they were started, then to see how the Christian community enter into the mystery of the sacrament and what they believe. Symbols There are many symbols of the Eucharist, bread, wine, water, chalice There is a real presence of Christ in the form of bread and wine. In the Eucharist, Christ is present in the totality of His being. The Second Vatican Council proclaimed that the Eucharist “is the source and summit of the Christian life” “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, paragraph 11),The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist comes about through transubstantiation meaning to change on an in perceivable level, we believe that bread and wine changes at a fundamental level have become the body and blood of Christ as a result of our prayers to God. St Augustine’s sermon 272 stated that “for what you see is simply bread and a cup this is the information your eyes report, but your faith demands far subtler insight the bread if Christ’s body and the cup is Christ’s blood” We can argue that the Eucharist is a mystery. But what is the source of the Church’s

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