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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE MASS No. 12.
THE COMMUNION RITE continued

What is Holy Communion? Jesus. That which was bread, has become, at the consecration, the Body, Blood, soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. If you shake hands with Fred Bloggs you are literally touching the person of Fred. In Holy Communion we are literally being fed by Jesus’ Body and so intimately, humanly, encountering the person of Jesus, our Bread of Life, the One who took on a Body in order to nourish us with Himself, to give us life and life to the full, eternal life.

How does Holy communion fit into the Sacrifice of Christ in the Mass?
The gift of Holy Communion is fruit of Jesus’ eternal Self-Gift, through His life and death on earth.

Should we make a sign of reverence before going to Holy communion?
Yes, the Church strongly recommends a bow, sign of the Cross or genuflection, as the previous person is receiving. One can receive the Body of Christ on the tongue or the hand, kneeling or standing.

Why do we say ‘Amen’?
As we together received Holy Communion at the meeting point between the Sanctuary and the Nave, The Bridegroom, commits to His Bride the Church, and we say ‘Amen’ – ‘so be it’.

Why is this moment so important?
This physical, public meeting of union and communion symbolizes and makes profoundly real the union of Heaven and Earth.

Next Week: Isn’t it rather harsh to suggest that some should not come to Communion?

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:53 am