While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” -Matthew 26: 26-28
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith. It is the understanding of the Catholic Church that the Eucharist, while appearing in the likeness of bread and wine, truly become the body and blood of Jesus Christ, as He claimed at the Last Supper. When we come together at the Liturgy of the Eucharist at mass, we enter into the presence of Christ and the Apostles at the Last Supper and join ourselves to that sacrifice.
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