The many names we give to this holy mystery of salvation outline its rich meaning.
Eucharist, because we thank God for gifts and graces.
Lord's Supper, because it is a sacred meal of a divine and human community, continuing what happened on Holy Thursday.
Breaking of the Bread, the first Christian term for Eucharist.
Holy Sacrifice, for it makes Christ's sacrifice present.
Divine Liturgy, for all liturgy finds its center and expression in the Eucharistic celebration.
Eucharistic Assembly, for the assembly of the faithful celebrate it as the visible expression of the Church.
Holy Communion, for the Body of Christ feeds and advances the Body of Christ, the Church, through Communion.
Mass, for the faithful are sent forth to do God's will.
The essential signs of the
Eucharistic sacrament are wheat bread and grape wine, on which the
blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked and the priest pronounces the
words of consecration spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper...