1 Corinthians 11:23-26: The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

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For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is foryou. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the chalice, after supper, saying, “This chalice is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
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A quote from the Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II
On the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph in the Life of Christ and of the Church
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Pope Francis’ Message on the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

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For those who were not able to witness the celebration of the Holy Mass by Pope Francis in the Vatican for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, here are two audio files I recorded from the live coverage of the Vatican Media. The first audio is part of the Holy Father Pope Francis’s homily and the second is Cardinal Tagle’s message to the Pope. This took place in the Basilica of Saint Peter on Sunday 14Mar21 5pm PH time. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was streamed live online for the universal Church.

Pope Francis’s Message on the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines
Cardinal Luis Tagle’s Message to Pope Francis on the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
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The actual homily in English is now available in the official page of the Holy See at http://www.vatican.va/content/francescomobile/en/homilies/2021/documents/papa-francesco_20210314_omelia-cristianesimo-filippine.html.

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My Closest Shot with our Eucharistic Lord!

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After most of the Holy Masses in Kamay ni Hesus or “Hand of Jesus”, a pilgrimage site in Lucban, Quezon Province, Father Joseph would minister the healing rites for the people.

Following the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the priest would carry the Eucharist in a beautiful monstrance containing our Eucharistic Lord and goes around the pews. Attached to the monstrance are two pieces of very long clothes in white in such a way that all church attendees can at least feel the touch of the hand of Christ even with the cloth. Remember the famous Bible quote, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.”? (Matthew 9:21)

If you get lucky, you will have a (literally) close encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist. I was less than two meters away when I took this photo. Note that I made sure to not disturb anyone praying and keep my focus by continuously praying while taking this one and only photo.

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Photo taken 19Dec2019

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Why do Catholics Worship Images and Statues?

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This is a fair question a friendly non-Catholic would probably ask. But many angry anti-Catholics, who were used to be Catholics but never studied the faith, would ask differently. They would condemn us with statements like: “Catholics are idolaters because they worship images and statues by touching and kissing them, lighting a candle for them, and kneeling before them!” Many of our brethren who will hear such claims would begin to doubt on their faith especially when they hear the prohibitions of such actions in the Book of Exodus.

"You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth." (20:3-4)

So, why do Catholics Worship Images and Statues? Actually, we don’t! Because in Catholicism there is only one form of worship-the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. It’s when we worship the Triune God through the sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ the Word of God incarnate. In the worship, we participate and commemorate his life, passion, death, and resurrection. There is no other form of supernatural worship other than the Holy Eucharist.

The evangelist John wrote in his gospel that “true worshipers worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.” (John 4:23) This is done in the Catholic worship when the priest invoke the Holy Trinity many times in the celebration of the Holy Mass especially during epiclesis.

Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray
by sending down your Spirit
upon them like the dewfall,
so that they may become for us
the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church
and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim
by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself,
grant that we, who are nourished
by the Body and Blood of your Son
and filled with his Holy Spirit,
may become one body, one spirit in Christ.
Pre-consecration and Post-consecration prayers

Also, what is prohibited is carving anything and then “bowing down before them or worship them” (verse 20:5). This is something unthinkable for Catholics because we know “there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and though whom we exist.” (1 Corinthians 8:6) We are not polytheists.

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So, when we encounter such attacks, we should not be troubled. We should simply insist, in a friendly way, this one form of worship in Catholicism. Whether they believe it or not, we have done our job letting them know of the truth. Unless we have a lot of time, knowledge, skills, and patience for a debate, which is most of the time not productive, we should avoid falling into their trap. They usually open the conversation with one topic, then if they feel they are losing, they would open new ones such as purgatory, papacy, priesthood, infant baptism, etc. The list is endless.

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Bible Verses That Will Make You Long for the Holy Eucharist

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  1. John 6:27. “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal”
  2. John 6:33,42. “For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.”
  3. John 6:35,48,51. “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
  4. John 6:49-50. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may it of it and not die.
  5. John 6:51,58. “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
  6. John 6:53-54. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
  7. John 6:55-57. “My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.”
  8. John 6:34. “Lord, give us this bread always.”
  9. 1 Corinthians 11:26. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
  10. Revelation 7:13-14. Those clothed in white robes are they who have come out in great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  11. Acts 2:42. And they held steadfastly to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.
  12. Acts 2:46-47. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.
  13. 1 Corinthians 16. The cup of blessing which we blessed, is it not a participation in the body and blood of Christ? The bread in which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
  14. Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:17 “Take, eat; this is my body.”
  15. 1 Corinthians 11:23. “Do this in remembrance of me.”
  16. Acts 20:7. On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to take bread, Paul talked with them intending to depart on the next day; and he prolonged his speech until midnight.

The verses in this list are direct references of the Holy Eucharist in the Bible in no particular order. These verses are also used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church Article 3 The Sacrament of the Eucharist.

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