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4 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Eucharist

4 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Eucharist

Probably, there’s so much you know about the Eucharist — the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion.

Here are the four things you need to understand about the Eucharist:

1. Feast day

The solemnity of Corpus Christi — the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — is a holy day of duty. While it’s prescribed as such in the general law of the Church, it’s not seen as one in the United States. It, along with the Epiphany, is transferred to a Sunday. (Also not observed as holy days of duty in America are the solemnities of St. Joseph, March 19, and Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29).

2. Consecration customs

It was during that period that the priest started elevating the host and chalice at Mass after the purification. Back then, people received Holy Communion inconsistently but at least they could see the host and cup. And, yes, that seems to be when the custom of ringing a bell at the elevation came into practice. At some churches, it was the tower bell that was rung. The use of a handbell actually started in England.

One more item from the 13th century. That was when churches started placing the host in a monstrance to be exposed on the altar. And they started carrying it in a procession in the church or out through the streets as part of the Corpus Christi celebrations.

3. Names

The Eucharist has a lot of other names, too. The breaking of the bread, Eucharistic assembly, memorial of the Lord’s passion and resurrection, Holy Sacrifice, Holy and Divine Liturgy, Holy Mass, Sacred Mysteries, Most Blessed Sacrament and Holy Communion.

And, probably recently in our own parish, we refer to as “the Saturday evening” or “the 9 o’clock.” As in, “This weekend I’m going to … ”

There’s no mention of those in the Catechism.

Nor is there a paragraph about coffee and donuts following in the parish hall.

4. Parts of the prayer

The Mass’ Eucharistic prayer is divided into different parts:

A prayer of thanks, including the preface. The proclamation (the Sanctus; Holy, Holy, Holy). The epiclesis, an invocation of the Holy Spirit. (Here the priest puts his hand over the bread and wine.) The institution narrative and consecration.

The memorial proclamation. (For example, one begins “When we eat this bread …”) The anamnesis, focusing on Christ’s passion, resurrection, and ascension.

The oblation, an offering from us: “Therefore as we celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, expressing gratitude that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you” (Eucharistic Prayer II). Intercessions, when the priest, in our name, prays for and with all the Church.

And the ending doxology (“through him, with him, and in him) to which the audiences reply “Amen.”

Maria Domenica Lazzeri: The Italian Mystic Who Fed On Only The Holy Eucharist 

Maria Domenica Lazzeri: The Italian Mystic Who Fed On Only The Holy Eucharist 


Maria Domenica Lazzeri (1815–1848) also known as la Meneghina was an Italian mystic. Affectionately called by the local people “Blessed Meneghina”, was born March 16, 1815, in Capriana, Italy. The cause for her beatification was started in 1943.

Sometimes God ignores the laws of his own creation, for his glory and our faith …

Maria Domenica Lazzeri was born in Capriana, Italy, on March 16, 1815. She was the youngest of five children born to Margaret and Bartolo Lazzeri, who was a miller by trade. However, Bartolo died in 1829 from pneumonia. The loss of her dad had a profound effect on his youngest child.

Maria’a childhood had been peaceful and uneventful up until her dad’s passing. People said that it was from that point on that Maria’s health began to deteriorate, and her mystical journey began. Unexplained physical illnesses seized hold of her, and she quickly became weaker. At the same time, her spirituality began to intensify.

During her early teen years, her love and compassion for the sick and suffering were pronounced. She prayed and fasted, and during a time when epidemics were common, Maria would help anyone who was sick and needed her assistance, without regard to her own health.

When Maria was 17 or 18, the entire region was infected with what was called “the grippe.” (When we were kids the flu was called the grippe.) People who survived seemed to recover within a week or two. This was not true for Maria. The young woman was constantly ill for over a year and, in spite of that, she spent countless hours helping take care of local families.

Maria had a love for reading about the lives of the saints. She especially loved to read the works of St. Alphonsus de Liguori, but most of all she would absorb herself in the accounts of the Passion and death of Jesus.

On August 15, 1833, when Maria was 19 years old, she was ordered to bed as the doctors thought the “grippe” had once again attacked her. But this was not the case. Maria would be bedridden from this point on, for the rest of her life. From that day forward, Maria began suffering greatly. She received the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, and could not sleep or eat and drink. The only thing she could partake of was Holy Communion.

Maria Domenica Lazzeri, until her death 14 years later, lived bedridden and immobilized. Her hands, her feet, and her ribs displayed deep wounds. There were wounds surrounding her head similar to thorn-like punctures. Maria suffered through the Passion of Christ every Friday, sweating blood and having blood pour from her hands, feet and side. Her face would be bloodied from the dripping “thorn” wounds and she, in effect,  experienced a near-death experience every time she endured all this for Jesus.

Besides the stigmata, it was recorded that on a day in October of 1935, Maria suddenly vanished from her bed. Maria was completely paralyzed and, just like that, she was gone. They searched everywhere in the house for her but to no avail. She was gone.

Eight and a half days later, Maria suddenly reappeared in her bed lying in the same position she had been when last seen. This was not simply about bi-location, this was also about actual “disappearance.” Her pastor recorded that Maria had been transported by angels over vast spaces filled with mountains and valleys and visited her sister stigmatists, Maria von Morl and Kreszentia Nierklutsch. With God all things are possible.

Maria Domenica Lazzeri, according to physicians’ reports, ate nothing for the last 14 years of her life. Her only ingested sustenance was the Holy Eucharist.

Files were lost or misplaced during World War II that pertained to Maria’s cause for sainthood, putting the process on hold. But much has since been recovered, and in 1995, her cause was again opened. She has been declared a Servant of God and the cause for her “heroic virtue” is being examined.

Servant of God Maria Domenica Lazzeri, please pray for us.

Blood Of Christ On The Host? Priest In Mexico Receives Instructions From Mysterious Voice At 3pm – The Hour Of Mercy

Blood Of Christ On The Host? Priest In Mexico Receives Instructions From Mysterious Voice At 3pm – The Hour Of Mercy

For a while now, the commission established by Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega and presided by Monsignor Ramiro Valdez Sanchez have been investigating the presumed Eucharistic Miracle occurred in Guadalajara (Mexico) in the parish of Santa Maria Madre della Chiesa in front of the dismayed eyes of the Reverend Jose Dolores Castellanos Gudino and his parishioners on July 24, 2014. 

The priest claims to have received instructions from a mysterious voice to open the tabernacle at 3 pm and, after having gathered the parishioners, opening it he found the hosts covered in blood.

Although this is an inexplicable phenomenon, the Mexican diocese has waited before declaring that it was a miracle, since in these cases, for practice imposed by the Vatican, all the tests necessary to exclude natural and scientifically provable causes must first be carried out. Once the exams have been concluded, it will finally be possible to dissolve any doubt and declare that it has indeed been a miracle.

The story of Father Gudino on the probable Eucharistic Miracle The story of Father Gudino on the probable Eucharistic Miracle

As reported by Father Gudino to the commission on 24 July 2014 while he was doing a solitary prayer, the priest was distracted by a mysterious voice that told him: “Ring the bells to make everyone come here. will pour my graces on those present and throughout the day. Put your little tabernacle on the church altar that you use for private worship, and put the big monstrance near the little tabernacle. You will open the tabernacle only at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, not before”.

Father Gudino did not understand what he was hearing and was even more surprised when the same voice added: “I will perform a miracle in the Eucharist. The miracle will be called ‘Miracle of the Eucharist in the incarnation of Love together with our Mother and Lady’. Copy the image that I will give you now and show it to the people”. Surprised but convinced that the voice was just that of God, he waited for three and when he opened the pyx he saw the hosts completely covered in blood.

The priest also told the confreres that the voice asked him to erect a chapel for adoration once all the scientific examinations had been completed. All that remains is to wait for the results, in the meantime the pyx with the consecrated hosts covered by the blood must be kept closed and can not be shown to the faithful by order of Cardinal Ortega.

4 Ways Many Catholics Are Receiving the Eucharist Wrong (Including You)

4 Ways Many Catholics Are Receiving the Eucharist Wrong (Including You)

Most Catholics receive the Holy Eucharist in a manner that abuses the holiness of God’s presence in the Holy Eucharist. Many Catholics are not even aware that those gestures are wrong as a result of ignorance, some are just lazy to observe them.
Overtime there are several ways through which many Catholics receive the Eucharist wrongly but below are three major ones that point to it all:

1. Not Bowing Before Receiving the Holy Eucharist

Paying reverence before the receiving the Holy Eucharist is a very important aspect of the Holy Communion. Because we are face-face with Christ at that moment, coming to receive his flesh and blood. So showing respect by bowing, kneeling or making the sign of the Cross are most appropriate and reverencing acts before receiving Him. This can be confirmed in the USCCB’s General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

2. Not Saying “Amen” Before Receiving the Holy Eucharist

Responding “Amen” when the Priest administering the Eucharist says “Body of Christ” before receiving the Eucharist. Saying “Amen” means you fully acknowledge and believe in the Holy Eucharist. So it’s very important we get patient enough while in the Communion lines to always say “Amen”. Most times due to long communion lines people get pressured and they receive the Eucharist without saying “Amen”
It’s just one word, so always be patient enough to acknowledge the Eucharist by saying “Amen” before receiving it.

3. Being in a “State of Grace”

The Holy Eucharist reception is meant for just Practicing Catholics who are in a state of grace. Being in the State of Grace before receiving the Holy Communion means being without a mortal sin since your last confession. If you are not in the “State of grace” you need to go to confession before receiving the Holy Eucharist but you can as well attend a Holy Mass.

Receiving the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin is a sacrilege. So don’t do it!.

Not receiving when you are not in the proper state shows your love and respect for Jesus. If you’re in a state of mortal sin, going to Mass but not receiving actually shows you’re heading back on the right track.

4. Not praying properly after

When one receives a person understands what it means to receive Christ in their souls I think they’ll be inspired to kneel and thank him. If they cannot kneel, they’d at least take a moment to welcome such an August Guest. He deserves a pause; a feeling and sentiment of love and humility. And what is more?

He wants to talk to you!
To me, it is bad to not take a moment to thank God for the gift of his body and blood especially habitually; when we have formed the habit of not saying “thank you” to he who waits for us every day in the Sacrament of his love.

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