EucharisticWritten by carrie.haines on Jul 08, 2008
The name given to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar its twofold aspect of sacrament and Sacrifice of Mass, and in which Jesus Christ is truly present under the bread and wine. Other titles are used, such as “Lord’s Supper” (Coena Domini), “Table of the Lord” (Mensa Domini), the “Lord’s Body” (Corpus Domini), and the “Holy of Holies” (Sanctissimum), to which may be added the following expressions, and somewhat altered from their primitive meaning: “Agape” (Love-Feast), “Eulogia” (Blessing), “Breaking of Bread”, “Synaxis” (Assembly), etc.; but the ancient title “Eucharistia” appearing in writers as early as Ignatius, Justin, and Irenæus, has taken precedence in the technical terminology of the Church and her theologians. The expression “Blessed Sacrament of the Altar”, introduced by Augustine, is at the present day almost entirely restricted to catechetical and popular treatises. This extensive nomenclature, describing the great mystery from such different points of view, is in itself sufficient proof of the central position the Eucharist has occupied from the earliest ages, both in the Divine worship and services of the Church and in the life of faith and devotion which animates her members.
How is First Eucharist Celebrated here?
First Eucharist at Holy Innocents is a combination of preparation done at home as well as in four large community gatherings held here at the parish. Registration is done in September in conjunction with First Reconciliation Registration. First Eucharist is celebrated within the normal Sunday liturgies in April and May and are scheduled at the family’s convenience. Please contact Jennie Caldwell Ministry of Faith Formation at 788-1400 or Jennie@holyinn.org for more information.
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