What does the Eucharist mean to me? Why do I go when I do not have to on weekdays?
The Eucharist to me is a renewal in the body and blood of Christ, the covenant.
At the Last Supper Jesus took bread and broke it and gave it to his disciples and told them to take it and eat it. ‘This is my body which will be given up for you.’ He also took the cup, gave it to his disciples and told them to take this and drink from it. ‘This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all (myself included) so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.’
Each time I receive the Eucharist I receive it in memory of what Jesus did for me by dying on the cross.
As I need food for my physical wellbeing, so the Eucharist is needed for my spiritual well being.
By going to Mass on a weekday whenever I can, I give the first part of the day to God, then he goes with me for the rest of the day to help, guide, heal, strengthen and direct me. The day flows more freely with him in control.
As I need to spend time with my own family I also need to spend time with my church family. Going to Mass gives me this opportunity.
I need to pray for others. The Prayers of the Faithful give me an opportunity to pray for family, friends, parish needs and the world’s needs.
Mass and the Eucharist are the most important part of my life.
- Chapter 1: How the Eucharist Evolved
- Chapter 2: Preparation to Opening Prayer
- Chapter 3: Liturgy of the Word, Creed, Intercessions
- Chapter 4: Preparation of the Gifts
- Chapter 5: Liturgy of the Eucharist
- Chapter 6: Communion and Dismissal
- Chapter 7: The Post-Eucharist Mission
- Chapter 8: The Abiding Presence
- Chapter 9: Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
- Chapter 10: Eucharist and Reconciliation
- Chapter 11: Eucharist as Nourishment
- Chapter 12: Eucharist as Transformation
- Chapter 13: Eucharist and Covenant
- Chapter 14: Eucharist and Sacrifice
- Chapter 15: Eucharist as Memorial
- Chapter 16: Eucharist and Hope
- Chapter 17: Eucharist and Ecumenism
- Chapter 18: Eucharist and the Cosmos
- Chapter 19: Eucharist and Mystery
- Chapter 20: Eucharist and Living Simply
- Chapter 21: Conclusion
- Appendix: Eucharistic Prayers
- Witness Stories
- Further Reading
- The Author
- Copyright Notice
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