PSALM 85:8
It is truly right to give you thanks,
truly just to give you glory, Father, most holy,
for you are the one God living and true,
existing before all ages and abiding for all eternity, dwelling in unapproachable light;
yet you, who alone are good, the source of life, have made all that is,
so that you might fill your creatures with blessings and bring joy to many of them by the
glory of your light.
And so, in your presence are countless hosts of Angels,
who serve you day and night and, gazing upon the glory of your face,
glorify you without ceasing.
With them we, too, confess your name in exultation,
giving voice to every creature under heaven as we acclaim:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
O Sacred Banquet,
in which Christ is received,
the memory of his passion is renewed,
the soul is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
St Thomas Aquinas  13th Century
God dwells in our midst,
in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.
St. Maximilian Kolbe  20th Century
Trust all things to Jesus in the
Blessed Sacrament
and to Mary, who is the help of Christians,
and you will see what miracles are.     
St. John Bosco  19th Century
The Last Supper 17th Century  Peter Paul Rubens
THE LAST SUPPER

According to Thy gracious word,
In meek humility,
This will I do,  my dying Lord,
I will remember Thee,

Thy Body broken for my sake,
My bread from heaven shall be;
The testimental cup I take,
And thus remember Thee.

Remember Thee, and all  Thy pains,
And all Thy love to me.

Yea, while a breath, a pulse remains,
I will remember Thee.

James Montgomery 19th Century
Judges 6:22-24a
Joos van Cleve 16th Century
Altarpiece of the Lamentation
The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ.
                            
  Catholic Catechism 1333
The Mass  Liturgy of the Eucharist
Preface to Eucharist Prayer IV
TRANSUBSTANTIATION
Jesus is present wherever the
appearances (species) of bread and wine
are found after the consecration.
Hence He is found even when the host is
divided. The substance of bread and
wine is gone, only the appearances
remain. The Church calls this change
transubstantiation: change of substance.
Christ through the Holy Spirit makes himself available as the Lamb of God to be consumed continuously.
That's the whole point of the Resurrection, incidentally.

The Holy Spirit raises up that body and glorifies it so supernaturally that body and blood which is glorified may be
internationally distributed through the elders and priests of the Church so that all of God's children can be bound back to the
Father in the New Covenant sacrifice of Christ.   He didn't die again.    He's not bleeding and he's not suffering.  
He's reigning in glory and giving us his own flesh and blood.


O Jesus, You are always with us, "yesterday and today, and the same forever!" (Heb 13, 8).
Always the same in eternity by the immutablity of Your divine Person; always the same in time,
by the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen 20th Century
The Mass     The Trinity Participates with us -  Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Father, you are holy indeed, and all
creation rightly gives you praise.
All life, all holiness comes from you
through your Son, Jesus Christ our
Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit.
From age to age you gather a people to
yourself, so that from east to west a
perfect offering may be made to the
glory of your name.

And so, Father, we bring you these
gifts. We ask you to make them holy by
the power of your Spirit, that they may
become the body and blood of your
Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose
command we celebrate this Eucharist...
This worship is directed towards God the Father through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.
In the first place towards the Father,
who, as St. John's Gospel says,
"loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in
him may not be lost but may have eternal life."

It is also directed, in the Holy Spirit, to the incarnate Son,
in the economy of salvation, especially at that moment of supreme dedication and total abandonment of Himself to which
the words uttered in the Upper Room refer:
"This is my body given up for you....
This is the cup of my blood shed for you....
The liturgical acclamation: "We proclaim your death, Lord Jesus" takes us back precisely to that moment; and with the
proclamation of His resurrection we embrace in the same act of veneration Christ risen and glorified "at the right hand of
the Father," as also the expectation of His "coming in glory."
Yet it is the voluntary emptying of Himself,
accepted by the Father and glorified with the resurrection,
which, sacramentally celebrated together with the resurrection,
brings us to adore the Redeemer who "became obedient unto death, even death on a cross."
Pope John Paul II   20th Century
O Lord, how clear, how precise, how strong, how powerful are Your words.
Hardly are the words pronounced: "Woman, you are cured." - and she is cured immediately.
"This is My Body" - and it is His Body.  "This is My Blood" - and it is His Blood.

Who can speak in that manner if not the One Who holds everything in His hand?
Who can be trusted if not the One for Whom doing and speaking are one and the same thing?
My soul, accept these words without reservation: believe as firmly as the Lord spoke.
Believe with as much humility as He shows authority and power.
The Lord wants to find in your faith the same simplicity which He put in His words.
                   
 Wilheim Bousset 19th Century
BODY OF CHRIST,
BROKEN ON THE CROSS





HIS BLOOD
WHICH HAS
ISSUED ITS LAST DROP



Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to
them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
                Luke 22:19
What
Christ
gives us
is quite explicit if his
own words are
interpreted
according to their
Aramaic meaning.

The expression
"This is my Body,"
means this is myself.
Karl Rahner  20th Century
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen  20th Century
John 6:53-58
This Sacrament,  therefore, was rightly named by Saint Thomas,   "the
Sacrament of  love, The Pledge of love."

Sacrament of love, for love was the only motive which induced
Jesus Christ to give us in it  his whole self.   Pledge of love, so that if we
had ever doubted his love,we should have in this sacrament a pledge of it
.

As if our Redeemer , in leaving us this gift, had said:
"O souls, if you ever doubt my love, behold, I leave you myself in this
Sacrament: with such a pledge, you can never any more doubt that I love
you, and love you to excess."

But more, Saint Bernard calls this sacrament "the love of loves;"  because
this gift comprehends all the other gifts bestowed upon us by our Lord-
creation, redemption,  predestination to glory; so that the Eucharist is not
only a pledge of the love of Jesus Christ, but of paradise, which he
desires also to give us." In which,"  says the Church,  "a pledge
of future glory is given us."  

Saint Philip Neri could find no other name for Jesus Christ in the
Sacrament save that of love; and so, when the holy Viaticum was brought
to him he was heard to exclaim,
"Behold my love, give me my love."
St Alphonsus  19th Century
THE SACRAMENT OF LOVE
The Mass    The Sanctus
Photo by Siobhan
Photo by Siobhan



The cup of blessing that we bless, is it
not a sharing in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 10:16
My beloved
to me,
and I to Him
Canticles 2:16
Mystical Supper 17th Century Simon Ushakov
St. Thomas Acquinas 13th Century
Hail, precious cross, that hast been
consecrated by the body of my Lord, and
adorned with his limbs as with rich jewels.
I come to thee exulting and glad: receive
me with joy into thy arms. O good cross,
that hast received beauty from our Lord's
limbs; I have ardently loved thee; long have
I desired and sought thee: now thou art
found by me, and art made ready for my
longing soul; receive me into thy arms,
taking me from among men, and present
me to my master; that he who redeemed
me on thee, may receive me by thee.
Attributed to St. Andrew the Apostle
when facing death on the cross
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak
peace to his people, to his faithful,
to those who turned to him in their hearts.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and
peace will kiss each other.
Psalm 85:8
Psalm 85:10
Pope Benedict XVI
20th Century
POPE FRANCIS
Loving Father, Who is always administering to us,
attract us to the abundance of life,
which we can only obtain
in receiving the BODY and BLOOD of JESUS in the EUCHARIST.
The First Eucharist 16th Century  Juan de Juanes
JESUS
is both
VICTIM
and PRINCIPAL
OFFERER
The Last Supper 14th Century  Ugolino da Nerio
THE MASS   EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III
The Communion of the Apostles 15th Century  Fra Angelico
Photo by Denis Tangney, Jr.
Tertullian 2nd Century
JOHN HENRY NEWMAN  19TH CENTURY
St. Gemma Galgani 19th Century
William Blake 19th Century
The  Sacrament has
threefold  
signification
............it has a
second signification
with regard to the
present, namely
ecclesiastical
unity, into which men
are incorporated
through the
sacrament, and
according to
that aspect it is
called  communion...
The Blessed Sacrament is indeed the
stimulus for us all, for me as it should be for
you, to forsake all worldly ambitions.  

Without the constant presence of our Divine
Master upon the altar in my poor chapels, I
never could have persevered casting my lot
with the lepers of Molokai; the foreseen
consequence of which begins now to appear
on my skin, and is felt throughout the body.
Holy Communion being the daily bread of a
priest, I feel myself happy, well pleased, and
resigned in the rather exceptional
circumstances in which it has pleased Divine
Providence to put me.

Saint Damien, Apostle of the Lepers, 19th Century
It is there in His Eucharist that He says to me:
"I thirst, thirst for your love, your sacrifices, your sufferings.
I thirst for your happiness,
for it was to save you that I came into the world,
that I suffered and died on the Cross,
and in order to console and strengthen you I left you the
Eucharist.
So you have there all My life, all My tenderness."

Mother Mary of Jesus  20th Century
Eucharistic Liturgy  The  Mass
Preparation of the altar and the gifts
Memorial Acclamation  The Mass
The  Sacrament has threefold  
signification
........It  has a third signification
with regard to the future
inasmuch as much as the
sacrament is a figure of the
divine fruition which will take
place in heaven, and according
to this aspect is called viaticum,
because it gives us here on earth
the means of getting there.  
According to this aspect also it is
called Eucharist, which means
"good grace," because the grace
of God is  eternal life.  
 

THE SACRED BANQUET GIVES
US A PLEDGE
OF FUTURE LIFE AND GLOR
Y.
In no other action can the Savior be considered
more tender than in this, in which he annihilates himself,
so to say, and reduces himself to food,
in order  to penetrate our souls, and to unite himself to the hearts
of his faithful.
         
St. Francis de Sales

He mingled himself with us, that we might be one thing;
for this is the property of those who ardently love.
        
 St. John Chrysostom
For even as our bodily food is
changed into our substance, so
the Holy Eucharist transforms
us into Jesus Christ.
St. John Baptist de la Salle
This is the Lamb of God who
takes away
the sins of the world.
Happy are those who are called
to his supper.
All:  Lord, I am not worthy to
receive you, but only say the
word and I shall be healed.
RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION IS THE
BEST WAY OF GETTING TO HEAVEN.
Pope Pius XI  20th Century
Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you
the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. . . .
There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true
way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death.

By the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands
the surrender of all, and yet by the taste—or foretaste—of
which alone can what you seek in your earthly
relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or
take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance,
which every man’s heart desires.

The only cure for sagging or fainting faith is Communion.
Though always itself, perfect and complete and inviolate,
the Blessed Sacrament does not operate completely and
once for all in any of us. Like the act of Faith it must be
continuous and grow by exercise.

Frequency is of the highest effect.
             J.R.R. Tolkien  20th  Century
HOLY LITURGY SPEAKS OF THE
BLESSED SACRAMENT
AS A SACRED BANQUET
IN WHICH IS GIVEN US A PLEDGE
OF FUTURE GLORY.
The Eucharist is the consummation
of the whole spiritual life..
St. Thomas Aquinas  13th Century
He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave
him up for all of us, will he not with him also
give us everything else?
Romans 8:32
For, Christ pledges to “raise
up on the last day” those who
“eat the flesh of the Son of
man, and drink his blood.”
THE ONE WHO COMES FROM THE PERFECT
IS PERFECT
BECAUSE HE HAS ALL,
HE HAS GIVEN ALL.
St. Hilary of Poitiers  4th Century

I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his
life
for the sheep.
                John 10:11
SURRENDER
PROMISE
of
ETERNAL
LIFE
THE
EUCHARIST
From the
malicious enemy,
defend me.
Ab hoste maligno
defende me.
In the hour of my
death, call me.
In hora mortis
meae voca me.
As two pieces of wax fused together
make one, so he who receives Holy
Communion is so united with Christ that
Christ is in him and he is in Christ.
    St. Cyril of Alexandria
When we ingest the Eucharist in reality we are
ingesting the Godhead
.....because His Body and Blood are diffused
through our members we become
partakers of the divine nature.
          
St. Cyril of Alexandria
St. Ephrem 4th Century
But, as it is written,
What no eye has seen,
nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those
who love him.      
                  1  Corinthians 2:9
Mass  Eucharistic Prayer II
Thomas Merton  20th Century
Just as the head and the body constitute a
single human being, so Christ and the
Church constitute a single whole.
This union is effected through the food that
he has given us in his desire to show the
love he has for us.
For this reason he united himself intimately
with us, he blended his body with ours like
leaven, so that we should become one single
entity, as the body is joined to the head.
US Conference of Bishops
Kindly we pray, that by partaking of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ,
we may be gathered into ONE by the HOLY SPIRIT.
Photo by Siobhan
Photo by Siobhan
Rosary  Basilica  Lourdes  Mosaic
Resurrection of Christ  Noel Coypel
even though they
die, will
live,
and everyone who lives
and believes in Me
will
never
die.
Ascension of Jesus  Giotto 14th Century
Ascension of Jesus  Benjamin West  19th Century


PANIS ANGELICUS   "BREAD OF ANGELS'
Words:  St. Thomas Acquinas
Music:   Cesar Franck
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PANGE LINGUA GLORIOSI
Words & Music :  St. Thomas Acquinas
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ADORE TE
Words & Music:  St. Thomas Acquinas
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John 11:25;  Matthew 28:20