"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"
(John 6:54-55)

The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word “Eucharistia” meaning “thanks.”  In the Old Testament the Israelites would offer Sacrificial Offerings to the Lord for the atonement of sins.  Through His passion, death and resurrection, Jesus Christ, the consummate sacrificial offering made perfect atonement for our sins.  By the mystery of the Eucharist, he makes himself available to us through the signs of bread and wine, which transubstantiate to His Real Presence in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist – becoming His body, blood, soul and divinity.  We now celebrate this “Thank Offering” to the Most High in every celebration of the Mass, for allowing us to be sharers of His divine life.  As Saint Athanasius tells us “God became man so that man might become God.” We must receive the great gift of the Lord’s presence with grateful hearts and share that gift generously and joyfully with others, both in the ministry of communion and in our daily lives.


Resources for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Redemptionis Sacramentum


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