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Juan Carreno de Miranda “The Foundation Mass of the Order of Trinitarians,” 1666.
The Holy Eucharist is really and truly the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Since Jesus is God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, he can do anything. He came to us as a human man so that he could free us from our sins. In order to stay with us, He gave us Himself in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist so that he can stay with us always.
Holy Communion is the receiving of Jesus in the Eucharist. Jesus loves you so much that he died on the cross so that your sins can be forgiven. And he also comes to you still through the sacrament of the Eucharist. By giving us his body, blood, soul and divinity through the Eucharist, Jesus stays with us all the time. Remember he said that he would be with us always, even until the end of the world. He does this through Holy Communion.
Read this first question and answer from EWTN
366. What is Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is the receiving of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
(a) Just as it is necessary to nourish our bodies with material food, so also it is necessary to nourish our souls with spiritual food. Our Divine Savior so loved us that He gave us Himself in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist; He gave us His own body and blood as food for our souls.
(b) It is not necessary that we receive Our Lord's body and blood under the appearances of both bread and wine. Christ is entirely present under the appearances of bread, and also entirely present under the appearances of wine. Therefore, we receive Him whole and entire under the appearances of bread alone or of wine alone.
(c) In some Eastern Churches the faithful receive Holy Communion under the appearances of both bread and wine. In the Western Church the faithful receive Communion most commonly under the appearances of bread, with the Precious Blood generally reserved by law to special feasts or other particular circumstances.
367. What is necessary to receive Holy Communion worthily?
To receive Holy Communion worthily it is necessary to be free from mortal sin, to have a right intention and to obey the Church's laws on the fast required before Holy Communion out of reverence for the body and blood of Our Divine Lord. However, these are some cases in which Holy Communion may be rece...
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