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Posted on Jun 6, 2016 |

ICF Spotlight: The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

ICF Spotlight: The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

A Greek image that helps us visualize the Real Presence -- body, blood, soul, and divinity -- of Christ in the Eucharist. Image courtesy the Institute for Christian Formation, Inc.

A Greek image that helps us visualize the Real Presence — body, blood, soul, and divinity — of Christ in the Eucharist. Image courtesy the Institute for Christian Formation, Inc.

Last week we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi — properly, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

 

This feast and devotions associated with it, such as Eucharistic processions, witness to our belief that at Mass, the bread and wine are truly (not symbolically or spiritually) transformed into Christ’s body and blood, and that the consecrated wine and bread each contain the fullness of Christ: body, blood, soul, and divinity. In the West we explain this as “transubstantiation.” The Orthodox Churches explain it differently, as an unknowable mystery, but both East and West agree on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

 

The ICF offers this Greek image as a way to visualize the Real Presence, with this Scripture to meditate on:.

 

“Ο τρώγων μου την σάρκα και πίνων μου το αίμα εν εμοί μένει καγώ εν αυτώ.”
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” (John 6:54)

 

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