First Eucharist

Eucharist within the Roman Catholic Tradition

 Eucharist is shown in communion which is a Christian sacrament in which bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Christ's death or as symbols for the realisation of spiritual union between Christ and the communicant. 

According to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church “The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet, in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.”

Catholics must make an outward sign of reverence before receiving communion. “When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows their head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister.” Although the priest or minister says “The body of Christ”, when administering the host, and, “The blood of Christ”, when presenting the chalice, the communicant who receives either one receives Christ, whole and entire. 

The Roman Catholic Church accordingly believes that through transubstantiation Christ is really, truly and substantially present under the remaining appearance of bread and wince, and that the transformation remains as long as the appearances remain. For this reason the consecrated elements are preserved, generally in a church tabernacle, for giving holy communion to the sick and dyings, and also for the secondary, but still highly prized, purpose of adoring Christ present in the Eucharist.


First Eucharist at St Mary's Parish, Williamstown