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Communion in the Hand

In the period after the second Vatican Council there were many changes in the celebration of the Mass, including: the use of English rather than Latin, the dialogue mass with the people responding to the words of the priest, the sign of peace, and the possibility of communion under both kinds. At that time there […]

On the Eucharist

During a brief day-trip to two small Italian cities, Pope Francis stressed the centrality of the Eucharist to the life and actions of the Church, saying without Christ’s love and self-sacrifice, everything would be done in vain, since everything Jesus did was for others. “The Eucharist is not a beautiful rite, but it is the […]

The Our Father and the Breaking of the Bread

A summary of the General Audience March 14 In the Last Supper, after Jesus took the bread and the chalice of the wine, and gave thanks to God, He “broke the bread.” In the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Mass, the breaking of the Bread corresponds to this action, preceded by the prayer that the Lord […]

Sunday 18 June

The Body and Blood of Christ Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 4-16; Psalm 147B; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58 Food for the eternal journey In life, the Eucharist is God’s nourishment for us on the eternal journey. It takes us further than we can ever anticipate or dream. It offers us life only God can give. A friend […]

Corpus Christi in Stained Glass

The feast of Corpus Christi is essentially, it is a special rejoicing in the Eucharist.

Yes, I Believe

It was Divine Mercy Sunday when three things joined together in my mind. Two babies were being Christened at the beginning of Mass, and we all joined in affirming our faith…. “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting”…. How could our material bodies last forever? My doubting mind wondered. Then came […]

A Foretaste of Heaven

After my last column on the “Lamb of God” as one of the most hallowed Christian phrases for referring to Jesus, I was asked by a reader to explain the phrase “the supper of the Lamb”. The phrase is from the Invitation to Communion when, after genuflecting, the priest takes the host and holds it […]

A-Dieu : A Eucharistic Reflection

“Truly, I say to you, I will not taste the fruit of the vine again until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:25 This statement by Jesus strikes me as very important. Jesus is stating that the gift of the Eucharist he is leaving his disciples is a […]