"At the Elevation of the Sacred Host: O Jesus, my Saviour, I believe that Thou art truly present, as both God and man, in this blessed Sacrament... At the Elevation of the Chalice: O Jesus, I adore Thy sacred blood ... Hail, divine and adorable blood..." Holy Souls Book, p. 221

"At the Elevation:
Contemplate Jesus hanging on the cross,
and adore the same Jesus here present
on the altar; say with the utmost reverence and devotion:

'My Lord and My God!'"
Holy Souls Book, by Rev.
F.X. Lasance, ed., p. 208

The Eucharist

What saith the Scripture?

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Scripture accounts of the Lord's Supper:
Luke 22, Mark 14, Matthew 26, 1 Corinthians 11



Transubstantiation was officially defined as a dogma by Pope Innocent III at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 A.D.

"If any one shall say that Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is not to be adored in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, even with the open worship of Latria ... nor to be solemnly carried about in processions ... and that He is not to be publicly set before the people to be adored, and that His adorers are idolaters,--let him be accursed!" Council of Trent*, Canon VI

"If any one shall deny that the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore entire Christ, are truly, really, and substantially contained in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist; and shall say that He is only in it as a sign, or in a figure--let him be accursed!" Council of Trent*, Canon.I

"If any one shall say that the substance of the bread and wine remains in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist, together with the body and blood ofour Lord Jesus Christ...--let him be accursed!" Council of Trent*, Canon.II

When Mass ends, the wafers do not change back into bread again, but remain God, according to Canon IV of the Council of Trent*.

"When Jesus Christ said, 'Do this for a commemoration of Me,' He made His Apostles priests, and commanded them to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood."
Catholic Faith, Based on The Catholic Catechism, by His Eminence Peter Cardinal Gasparri (P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1938), p 214 Nihil Obstat, M. McCabe. O.M.Cap., S.T.D., Imprimi Potest, Ignatius Weisbruch, O.M.Cap; Nihil Obstat, Arthur J. Scanlan, S.T.D.; Imprimatur, Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of NY

"My Lord Jesus Christ, I belive that Thou art truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. I believe that in holy communion I shall receive Thy sacred body and Thy precious blood." Holy Souls Book, by Rev. F.X. Lasance, ed. (Benziger Brothers, 1922), p. 316, Nihil Obstat: A.J. Scanlan, S.T.D.; Imprimatur, P.J. Hayes, D.D., Archbishop of NY.

"Aspiration at the Elevation of the Sacred Host: My Lord and My God! The faithful who, at the elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass or when It is solemnly exposed, recite this ejaculation with faith, piety and love, are granted an indulgence of 7 years." -- S.P. Ap., June 21. 1927 and Jan. 26, 1937. Ibid, p. 316

"After Jesus Christ had changed the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, only the appearances of bread and wine remained. 'O Hidden God, devoutly I adore Thee Who truly art within the forms before me. Adoro Te.'"
Catholic Faith, Based on The Catholic Catechism, by His Eminence Peter Cardinal Gasparri (P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1938), p 213 Nihil Obstat, M. McCabe. O.M.Cap., S.T.D., Imprimi Potest, Ignatius Weisbruch, O.M.Cap; Nihil Obstat, Arthur J. Scanlan, S.T.D.; Imprimatur, Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of NY

"In the Sacrament Christ is offered every day for the people." Ibid, p. 215, quoting St. Augustine

"The Mass is the same Sacrifice as the Sacrifice of the Cross. The Victim is the same--Jesus Christ--offering Himself in the Mass through the ministry of His priests, as He once offered Himself on the Cross. Only the manner of offering is different." Ibid, p. 217

"Revere, therefore, this table of which we all partake; Christ is slain for us; the Sacrifice is placed upon this altar." Ibid, p 217, quoting St. John Chrysostom

"The most obvious meaning of the Consecration is the 'miracle' of the transubstantiation, or change of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Saviour; and wherever His Body and Blood are, there is the whole Christ with His Soul and His Divinity. Before, on the altar, there was something, now there is Somebody...Christ, the Word Incarnate, is really present on the altar. He is present as really as in heaven, though in a different manner." My Mass, by Joseph Putz. S.J. (Newman Press, 1955), p 55 Imprimi Potest: L. Schillebeeckx, S.J.; Imprimatur, J. Fernandes

"The presence of Our Lord under the appearances of bread is a wonderful reality... the Real Presence... When we receive the Sacred Host, Our Lord becomes present in us. This 'bodily' union is very real and admirable..." Ibid, p 65

"Christ changes our gifts into His Body and Blood ... it is the same Christ who was born of Mary and lifted up on the Cross for our salvation ...our God whom we adore: 'My Lord and my God.' ... here goes up to heaven teh most efficacious satisfaction for the world's sins ..." Ibid, p 77

Roman Catholicism's doctrine of "transubstantiation" -- the bread and wine actually turning into God, and therefore "adorable" (Holy Souls Book, p. 221) -- is based on Jesus' statement, "This is My Body."

However, in John 10 Jesus said, "I am the Door..." and elsewhere he spoke figuratively ("I am the Light," etc.) in the same way. He did not mean the door was literally being transformed into him/God, or that we should worship a door.

The true purpose of the celebration of the Lord's Supper is threefold:
1) fellowship, 1 Corinthians 10:16;
remembrance, 1 Corinthians 11:24; and
3) proclamation of His death till he comes again, 1 Corinthians 11:26.

Acts 20:7-11 sheds light on the informality of first-century "church services."

1 Corinthians 10:17 says we are the bread.

1 Corinthians 10:16, 17 indicates it is still bread, not God, even after the words were spoken.

1 Corinthians 10:18 partakers

1 Corinthians 11:25 "this cup is ..." (signifies)

John 6:27 decomposes

In only Matthew and Mark is it recorded that Jesus said both "This is my body" and "This is my blood." No account is given whatsoever of the Lord's Supper in John. Luke's account speaks only of the bread being claimed as symbolic (the same is true of 1 Corinthians.) And Paul clearly states that he personally derived understanding/revelation of the supper from the Lord Himself.

Leviticus 12:23 The Levitical laws clearly show that drinking the blood of anything is abominable in God's sight.

1 Corinthians 10:17 We partake of the bread, etc., not flesh. And the body spoken of is the church, not Jesus' physical body.

John 6:47, 48, 53 This must be symbolic, not literal, because otherwise it says we can't have life unless we receive or take the "host" (blessed bread).

John 6:54, 55, etc. In the same way that the above would eliminate salvation to those never receiving the "Holy Eucharist," if translated literally, assurance of salvation would be possible simply for eating the "host" once (if Catholicism's literal interpretation were applied here)!

Having once recognized these truths, we must depart from the partaking of pagan sacrifices. "Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners of the altar?" 1 Corinthians 10:18

Jesus simply meant that he alone should be our sustenance. John 6:48, 55

The next verses show the disciples' confusion -- and Jesus' explanation. John 6:63

John 6:33, 35, 41 "I am the Bread ..." NOT the Bread is me!

Jesus said He would not again drink of the fruit of the VINE until the kingdom, indicating the wine does not become his blood, but is just plain old wine.

The ancient pagan Babylonians made wafer cakes in their worship of a false god. Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19; etc.





* Pope John XXIII in 1963, at the Second Vatican Council, said, "I do accept entirely all that has been decided and declared at the Council of Trent."

John 6:33

John 6:48-57

Luke 22:17

Acts 17:29, 30

1 Corinthians 8:10

1 Corinthians 11:26

Colossians 2:20-23

Hebrews 9:24-28

Hebrews 10:9-11

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