Eucharist (Holy Communion)
On the night before He died, Christ shared a meal with the Apostles. He took, blessed, and broke bread, saying “Take, this, all of you, and eat of it: for this is my Body which will be given up for you.” At the same meal, He took and blessed the chalice of wine saying, “Take this all of you and drink from it, this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.” (excerpt from the Roman Missal)
The celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Mass) is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324) The Savior leaves for all generations His real, true, and abiding presence in the consecrated elements of bread and wine; they recall, till the end of time, the singular offering of His body, blood, soul, and divinity offered once on the Cross for our salvation. The Eucharist is reserved in the tabernacle for the devotion of the faithful and to facilitate communion to the sick and homebound. The red sanctuary lamp, near the tabernacle, reminds us of Christ’s Real Presence in our midst.
At St. Martin de Porres Parish
The Eucharist is celebrated every day of the year, except on Good Friday.