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2 – The Eucharist:
Source & Summit of Christian Life
While the Eucharist has the outward appearance of bread and wine, it is the body and blood of Christ that we must consume to have eternal life. This is a central mystery of our faith: Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist, yesterday, today, and until the end of time.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the sacrament by which we are freed from the power of sin and all punishment due to sin. We become children of God, our Father; brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, the Son; and are filled with the life of God through the Holy Spirit. It is the way in which we first become members of the Church. In Baptism, we are called to share in threefold ministry of Jesus as priest, prophet and king, and His mission to proclaim the Gospel message: “Repent, turn away from sin, and believe in God.”
What are the Matter and Form of Baptism?
The Matter is water—sprinkled, poured, or into which a person is immersed three times.
The Form is the words: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism is ordinarily done by a bishop, priest or deacon, but in an emergency, anyone may baptize using this matter and form.
What does the word “Eucharist” mean?
The word is from the Greek Eucharistia, which means means “to give thanks”
What are the Matter and Form of the Eucharist?
The Matter is bread (made from wheat, unleavened and with nothing added) and wine (made from grapes, fermented and with nothing added to it).
The Form is the words of consecration spoken by Jesus, said by a priest or bishop: “Take and eat. This is my body.” “Take and drink. This is my blood.”
What happens to our gifts of bread and wine at the Mass?
Acting through the priest, the Holy Spirit transforms the gifts of bread and wine into the Real Presence of Jesus—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Catholics call this mystery “Transubstantiation.” We receive the Eucharist so that we may be one in union with God, we call this common union, “Holy Communion.”
What does the word “Transubstantiation” mean?
This word is from the Greek and literally means “a change in substance.” As Catholics we believe that the bread and wine are changed into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. This is not a change in form, which would be a “transformation,” or a change in the outward appearance, but a change in the substance, the inward essence of the bread and wine.
What is Confirmation?
In Confirmation, we receive the Holy Spirit in a special way, as the Apostles did at Pentecost. It is a sealing of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that was originally celebrated at the time of Baptism. The bishop, or the priest when given permission by the bishop, confirms by laying his hands on your head, anointing the forehead with oil of chrism and saying: “Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit”.
What are the Matter and Form of Confirmation?
The Matter is the laying on of hands (on top of the head), and anointing with the oil of chrism (on the forehead) by the bishop or priest, when given permission by the bishop.
The Form is the words said by the bishop or priest, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
What are the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seals and confirms the baptized in union with Christ and calls them to greater participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. Confirmation invites us into a deeper stewardship relationship with Christ and responsibility in participation in the mission of Christ and His Church.
What is the Catechumenate?
The process of preparing people for Christian initiation
When we celebrate the sacraments:
Christ acts through the Church to transform us by his grace.