The Eucharist Sacrament, Signs & Symbols

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The Eucharist Sacrament, Signs & Symbols The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. The seven formal sacraments are identified as; baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, reconciliation, anointing, holy orders and marriage. Sacraments entail symbols and signs. Symbols are objects or patterns that are used to represent an invisible reality. Each symbol and sign work together to make God’s love more visible for us. A sign and symbol are not the same. A sign is something that points to another reality and means what it signifies; the meaning is mostly fixed. In contrast, a symbol is a multidimensional sign that…show more content…
It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me” (Sacramentary, Eucharistic Prayer II, p.549) (Mueller 203). As one receives Christ’s Body and Blood, one is nourished spiritually and closer to God. In the event that Holy Eucharist is about to be received or swallowed, bread and wine are present under which Jesus is present. The Holy Eucharist is considered a spiritual food thus; it does for the soul what physical food does for the body. Let us think about that, when we eat physical food it becomes a part of us. We physically and at times mentally change. The nutrients, substance and even chemicals of the food we eat change the dynamics of our physical body and mind. Holy Eucharist or Communion does the same change to us but, spiritually. We become one with Christ. As our physical food becomes a part of us, the spiritual food is a union of our soul with Jesus. This union is a sacred union established by the Holy Spirit. Being united with Christ we are also united with those who are with Christ. This is a bond of charity which makes us one with our fellow neighbor. “The very sign of the sacrament symbolizes our total oneness in Christ; Many grains of wheat have been compounded together to make one bread which has become the Body of Christ. Many grapes have been crushed together in the press to make the contents of the

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