Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments (Second Edition)

Chapter 5: Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe)


Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe)

Film Focus: This video, from Busted Halo, discusses the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, introduces the term transubstantiation, and discusses the nature of the liturgy as a sacrifice. In addition, there is as discussion of the valid matter of the sacrament. The video concludes with an explanation of who is permitted to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Text Focus: Pages 150–152, 159, 165–166
Discussion Questions:
1. What does the word transubstantiation literally mean? What does this have to do with the bread and wine at the liturgy?
2. Is the liturgy simply a reenactment of the Last Supper? If yes, how so?  If not, how is it different?
3. What substances must be used in order for the Eucharist to be valid?
4. Can you receive the Eucharist if you have sinned? Why or why not?
5. May a non-Catholic receive Holy Communion if they attend Mass? Why or why not?

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