BASIC CATHOLIC TEACHINGS ON THE
EUCHARIST AND THE MASS

"He that eateth this bread shall
live for ever." (St. John 6:59)

"I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, UNTIL THE
END OF THE WORLD" (MT 28:20)

"I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world." (Jn 6:51) When the Jews argued among themselves, asking, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat ?" (Jn 6:52) Jesus pointed out that His words are to be taken literally. "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you; (Jn 6:53) he who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (Jn 6:54) For my Flesh is food indeed, and my Blood is drink indeed. (Jn 6:55) He who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood abides in me, and I in him. (Jn 6:56) As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live be-cause of me. (Jn 6:57) This is the Bread which came down from Heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this Bread will live forever." (Jn 6:58)

After His mortal course on earth had ended, Jesus desired to return to His Father, but without leaving us. How marvelously His divine wisdom brought this about in the HoIy Sacrament of the Altar! If He had remained in the splendor of His glorified body, our eyes would not have been able to bear it, and we would not have dared to approach Him. In the Eucharist He covers His splendor with the sacramental veils. He might have veiled Himself beneath other appearances; but He preferred the appearance of bread to make us understand that He is the "Bread of life. . . comes down from Heaven,. . . which gives life to the world" by divinely nourishing our souls. To the appearance of bread He added the appearance of wine to make us understand that the Eucharist is a complete banquet and that Mass is the Sacrifice of Calvary continued.

He descends from His throne in Heaven to dwell in poverty and to be worshipped in simplicity, so that He may be visited by all and give Himself even to the poorest sinner. He lays aside even the dignity of man and becomes in appearance helpless, entirely at the disposal of man. It is His delight to be with the children of men. What wealth is hidden beneath the thin, white veils of bread! The Sacred Host appears so frail and small, yet in its sacred sanctuary we see with eyes of faith our very God, our hidden God!

RECOGNIZING THE BODY OF CHRIST IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST

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Christ proposed the doctrine of the Holy Eucharist to His disciples a full year before He died on the Cross. After that year had passed since Jesus had promised to give us this wondrous living Bread from Heaven, He now was to suffer and die in order to give us life eternal. But He did not wish to depart from this world without leaving behind a remembrance of His love for us. In His great love for mankind, Jesus found a means to make us all spiritually rich and to remain with us to the end of the world. By the institution of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, He gave us Himself in the Holy Eucharist, as Jesus Himself performed the first Consecration at the Last Supper.

Contains the basic theology on the Eucharist and how He abides with us until the end of the earth. (4 pgs)

THE HOLY EUCHARIST SUPERNATURAL NOURISHMENT FOR THE JOURNEY TO OUR FATHER

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Tells how the Holy Eucharist is spiritual nourishment for our souls as we journey toward the Father. Holy Communion preserves and increases the supernatural life of your soul, provides Sanctifying Grace which makes your soul holy and pleasing to God. Sanctifying grace makes you live the life of God, especially by increasing divine love in your heart, helps to provide protection from sin, especially when you strive to be worthy to receive Holy Communion through proper preparation by frequent confession.

Good explanation on the benefits we can obtain through Holy Communion. (4 pgs)

GROWING SPIRITUALLY IN THE CLIMATE OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST

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Pope John Paul II, tells us the best and most effective way to grow in holiness, as we each partake in our own spiritual journey to our Father in heaven. He states that: "our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist." He goes on to explain: : "Our communal worship at Mass, must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, in order that our love may be complete," --- And this can be done by not only receiving Jesus Christ worthily in Holy Communion, but also by praying and adoring, and developing a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Provides a concise explanation on how you can grow in your relationship with Jesus through the Eucharist. Just as we grow and develop physically and mentally in the process of living our mortal lives, we must also grow in a similar way in our relationship with God. (2 pgs)


THE CONSECRATION

At the consecration of the Mass, the Crucified Christ becomes present on the altar, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the form of the bread and wine, and is offered up once again in an unbloody manner to the Father, along with all our personal petitions and supplications, acts of reparation for our sins and those of others (living or dead), and loving expressions of adoration and gratitude, praises and thanksgiving for our God. (Note: These words and the figure depicted above are the same for both the New Mass and the Traditional Latin Mass)

Jesus Himself performed the first Consecration at the Last Supper. Now, by the will of Christ, His priests perform the miracle of changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ each time they offer Mass, because they have received that wondrous power from Him. Ever living in His Church, the Savior performs the miracle of Consecration over and over by associating with Himself a man whom He has consecrated and made His priest. He makes use of the voice of this man, of his heart -- marked with the image of the Heart of Christ in the holy priesthood -- and of his consecrated hands.

At the Last Supper, when Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me," (Lk 22:19) He meant, "Do as you have seen and heard me do. I have changed bread and wine; so you also should change bread and wine. I have offered my Body and Blood in sacrifice; you, too, should do the same. I have given my Flesh and Blood in Holy Communion; so you also should give my Flesh and Blood to the faithful as nourishment for their souls." With this command, Jesus gave the Apostles and their successors -- and them alone -- the power to do what He had done, for without power they could not fulfill His command.

After the Savior had left them, the Apostles faithfully did what Jesus had commanded and empowered them to do. They changed bread and wine into Christ's Body and Blood, thus offering the Eucharistic Sacrifice in holy Mass, and gave Holy Communion to the faithful. Jesus had willed to leave a memorial of Himself not only to the Apostles but to all who were to believe in Him and love Him. The Apostles, knowing the purpose Jesus had in mind, continued to ordain worthy men to be bishops and priests and conferred upon them the power of consecration.

THE WORLD WITHOUT THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

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The Mass perpetuates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, His Redeeming Sacrifice, in an unbloody manner, throughout the ages to the end of the world, until when He comes again to claim His Kingdom. This booklet explains the complete cycle starting with who Jesus Christ is, His redemption of mankind, the nature of Sacrifice, and the connection between the Last Supper, His Sacrifice on the Cross, and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It than goes into more detail with the latter three items including: the Sacrifice of the Physical Body versus the Mystical Body of Christ, the Sacrificial Banquet (the Mass) and our partaking in the Eucharist, the purpose and fruits of the Mass, and finally, what our world would be like without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Contains an explanation in surprising detail of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for anyone, Catholics or non-Catholics, not fully understanding this subject. (8 pgs)

THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS EXPLAINED

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This material is a condensed version of the previous booklet entitled "The World Without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass". Obviously, it would not have all the same concise details as the former booklet, but may be more easily inserted in a weekly church bulletin. (4 pgs)

 

"WHY DO CATHOLICS HAVE MASSES?"

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This again, is a wonderful explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but in the form of a tri-folded pamphlet. Can be used as a good starting material about the Mass, and can be easily left in church bookracks or distributed at various church functions, etc..



"WHAT IS MEANT BY THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH?"

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A extremely informative pamphlet which traces the origin of the Catholic Church from the time of the Apostles to the present time; How Jesus Christ commissioned His Church through "Peter the Rock", and told them to "Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation"; How Jesus fulfilled His Promise about the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, and instituted the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as we know it today and will be throughout time; About the Apostolic Line of Succession and the power of the Catholic Priests to consecrate the Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during the Catholic Mass, something that Protestant ministers can not do; about the origin of the Bible and its history until today.

A piece of great apologetics material to hand out to our Protestant brothers and sisters!

Complete set of the above items "C1 - C7"(Basic Teachings)

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DAILY WAREFARE PRAYER

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A prayer which should be said by everyone each day to help us to ward off any strongholds of satan which may have been formed against our will, emotions, and body. A prayer to surrender ourselves completely to Jesus Christ in every area of our life, and that every thought be brought into the control of the Holy Spirit. (Two sided prayer card, approx. 4X6 inches)

 

The Origin Of The Catholic Church

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Tells how and when according to scripture Jesus Christ established His Church and left it in the hands of the Apostles. Contains a complete list of popes from Peter as the first Pope, to the current Pope Benedict XVI, including the actual dates for each Pope. It shows the Catholic Church for 2000 years and when other churches came into being. An excellent apologetic tool.

 

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