The Most Holy Eucharist: The Holy Mass, Holy Communion, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharistic Adoration)
What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Most Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.
“It is God among us. It is the Lord Jesus present in the tabernacles of our Churches with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is Jesus veiled under the appearance of bread, but really and physically present in the consecrated Host, so that He dwells in our midst, works within us and for us, and is at our disposal.” (Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.10).
The readings for today (20th Sunday of Ordinary time) and the last three Sundays have been focusing on the Holy Eucharist. For example, on the 18th Sunday of Ordinary time (two Sundays ago~August 2nd), the first reading was the Old Testament account of how God provided the Israelites with manna, bread He sent them from Heaven, as Moses guided them through the wilderness. God sending down bread from heaven to the Israelites foreshadowed the coming of Jesus into the world and at the same time foreshadowed the institution the Holy Eucharist, the means by which Jesus will remain present in a special way until the end of time.
While Jesus was preaching among the people, some of the people asked,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
So they said to Him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to Me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.”~ John 6: 30–35
The Gospel reading from today’s Mass continues the same theme.
Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is My flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For My flesh is true food,
and My blood is true drink.
Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood
remains in Me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent Me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on Me
will have life because of Me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”~ John 6:51–58
The Holy Eucharist is truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said so. He instituted the Holy Eucharist during the Last Supper.
During the Holy Mass:
1) We receive the Word of God through the readings.
2) Through the priest, Jesus offers His Sacrifice of death on the Cross to God the Father. That is why the Holy Mass is also called the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
3) In Holy Communion, Jesus comes to our souls to feed us with His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Each time we receive Holy Communion worthily, we receive new strength and new graces to grow in holiness. With each Holy Communion worthily received, we grow closer to God. Furthermore, in Holy Communion, Jesus desires to unite us to Himself. The word ‘union’ is part of the word Communion.
Consequently, we must strive to attend Mass every Sunday,try to attend daily Mass, and receive Holy Communion frequently and reverently.
**Note: You must be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion. If you are conscious of having committed mortal sin, go to Confession first before receiving Holy Communion. Confession purifies our souls to receive Jesus worthily in Holy Communion.
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Eucharistic Adoration)
In Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the graces of the Holy Mass and Holy Communion are extended because we are in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. (A Consecrated Communion Host is placed in a special container called a “monstrance” for adoration.)
The Most Holy Eucharist and The Blessed Virgin Mary
Jesus chose to come to the world by being born to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus, though being eternally the Son of God, came into the world through the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Similarly, true devotion to Mary, brings one closer to the Eucharist. Mary is sometimes referred to as Our Lady of the Eucharist or Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Mary always brings people closer to her Son Jesus who is present in the Holy Eucharist. Consequently, the better our devotion to Mary such as (i.e.praying the Holy Rosary daily) will make our devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist grow.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we grow in love for Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist!
For more about the Most Holy Eucharist:
- Link to our page on the Holy Eucharist
- Link to the blog post for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
- Link to blog post on Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
- Website dedicated to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
- St. John Vianney Quotes about the Most Holy Eucharist
- “Jesus Our Eucharistic Love” by Father Stefano Manelli