Session six - Jesus brings us together
'Do this in memory of me.'
Celebrating the Eucharist brings us together as Catholics.
At Mass we thank God and meet our parish community. Jesus feeds us with the Word of God and with his body and blood in the Eucharist.
Jesus brings us together in a special way during Lent - the season before Easter. At Easter we remember how Jesus gave his life for us and rose from the dead to save us.
While we pray to God in private or as a family, we also pray together as a Church Community on Sunday at Mass because together we are the family of God.
Eucharist means 'thanksgiving'.
The Last Supper for Jesus with his friends was the beginning of the Eucharist. We re-enact this each time we celebrate at Mass. This was the first Eucharist so this is how Jesus gave us the Mass we have today.
At Mass the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus at the consecration. This is called 'transubstantiation'. This is at the heart of what we believe as Catholics. It is a matter of faith. Jesus blessed bread and wine, broke and shared it. He said 'this is my body, this is my blood, do this in memory of me'. When we celebrate the Mass Jesus does the same for us so it becomes His body and blood, shared in memory of that first Eucharist.
The Triduum means 'three days' and it runs from the Mass of the Lord's Supper on the Thursday through to the end of Easter Day.
The Veneration of the cross is a way to show respect and adoration for the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. It is a simple action in which we can all participate.
When we receive Communion we always consume it completely.
The prayers after Communion are a special time, a time to pray quietly, to say thank you to God for all we receive, for the gift of Jesus and all the gift of Communion. It is a time of peace to also listen to what God might want to say to us.