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Why do Catholics celebrate Communion at every Mass, if Christ’s death atoned for sin once and for all?

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Many Protestants celebrate communion on occasion; Catholics celebrate it at every Mass as an integral part of their worship. If Christ’s death atoned for all sins, why is it celebrated at each Mass?

Answer

The Mass holds the place it does in Catholic worship because becomes of the Real Presence of Christ in the Catholic Eucharist. When Jesus has deigned to become present in that manner, it automatically becomes the most important form of worship.

There are many forms of Catholic worship beside the Mass, and the celebration of the Eucharist is not the only part of the Mass. But it remains the case–and rightly so–that the Mass and the celebration of the Eucharist within the Mass are, as Vatican II put it, “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium 11).










34 comments

  1. Benton Foster Reply

    When I was Baptist, the center of the service was the sermon. (I am not saying this to belittle anyone.) Second most important was the music. A good church service was having good music and a good sermon. This is so different than what happens for me now. I go see JESUS. I meet JESUS! I reexperience, through some mystery beyond my understanding, the REAL and ONLY CRUSIFIXION of JESUS. (I suspect this is possible because God is not limited to linear time and through His Grace, allows us to step out of Linear time to some extent.) The homily can be asinine, and the music horrible, but JESUS is there and I take Him into my body and into my life, and so the service is great. Mass done right (from a partakers part) is as close to Heaven we can get on Earth.

    1. Tammy Waits Reply

      God bless you! You are exactly right for me. To me and you explain it so much better than I ever could, but to me He is the mass.

    2. Christopher Reply

      Awesome response brother!

    3. MarMay Reply

      I Couldn’t have said it better!!!

    4. Gerard Kenny Reply

      Well said….All about the Eucharist(Jesus)!! Amen

    5. Peggy Feirstine Reply

      Welcome home! God bless you.

    6. giddyupgranny Reply

      Benton Foster, you are absolutely right!! My first response to the question was that I just feel closer to God when I receive Holy Communion, but your response was so much more explanatory…thank you and God bless you…

    7. LRC Reply

      Beautiful explination, thank you Benton.

    8. Danny Reply

      You are so very right, brother!

      I am always so excited to attend the Holy Mass regardless who presides over it (be it a new priest, a celebrated priest, a bishop, a cardinal or the Pope); whether the Mass presider is known for lively or boring homily; whether the is a choir or none (if there is i always participate in the singing); whether the Mass is held in a beautiful church structure or just under a shack or on the streets….for what matters most to me is the same Lord Jesus blesses everyone who desires to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist. Though i know i am a sinner, i also know each time i accept the Lord in the Holy Eucharist in my body, soul, whole being, He loves me even more and strengthens and aids me to live the life He wants me to live.

      1. Mauro Sabbaluca Guzman Jr. Reply

        I agree to your words sir Danny i am with you in Christ Jesus.God bless.

    9. Dorothy Stover Reply

      beautifully written I couldn’t have said it or explain it better.

  2. x Reply

    God is the creator, he created time he is not bound by time he is the master of it. If the Lord Jesus promised to be present with us today as he was at the last supper then he’s quite capable of doing so. Trust in the promise Jesus gave us in (John 6 53:56) “So Jesus said to them, “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 yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

    1. Danny Reply

      amen.

  3. Jennifer Roof Reply

    Amen

  4. rosa abraham Reply

    jesus is mystcally continue his suffering in each blessed host.that is meaning of his endless mercy.

  5. Starla Tsosiie Reply

    The Church of Christ par takes of Communion Every Lords Day, morning and evening, because it is the command straight from Christ. When He and His desiples were taking the Last Supper He commanded that as often as we did this we would remember Him. And then after His death and resurrection His desciples understood even more how important this was to our remembrance of the sacrifice Christ made for us. So they partook of communion every time they would gather together. It’s scripturally based, commanded and correct.

  6. Francis Mlelwa Reply

    Amen.Iam delighted with your explaination

  7. Roger Michaud Reply

    Celebration of Eucharist is our direct gift from God. Here is the proof: our God’s Resurection is the absolute!

  8. Mario Simonelli Reply

    THE NEW COVENANT
    There is much more wisdom in the Eucharist than simply eat the consecrated elements, let me explain.
    We celebrate the Lord’s Supper to remember that the Lord died for our sins, making the partaking of the elements “the bread and the wine" very special for all Christians. But we should also celebrate the Supper as the introduction of the new covenant. For we read in Luke 22:19-20: “And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it, and gave it to them, saying. ‘This is My body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood."’
    What does this new covenant in His blood mean?
    This new covenant was foretold through the prophet Jeremiah. However, we will read it from Hebrews 8:7-13: “For if the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. For finding fault with them He says, behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will effect a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not care for them, says the Lord."
    ‘For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days, says the Lord; I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them upon their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, know the Lord, for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.’ When He said, a new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear."
    The main feature of this new covenant described by the above scripture is that it will be internalised, in other words it will be made part of our character. What we need to know is the mechanism through which the law, or character of God, will be internalised in our heart. We will find the answer in the following scriptures; for in John 6:53-64 we read: “Jesus therefore said to them, ‘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 yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father IS IN Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me IN HIM. This is the bread, which came down out of heaven; not as the father ate, and died, he who eats this bread shall live forever.’ These things He said in the synagogue, as He taught in Capernaum."
    “Therefore, many of his disciples, when they heard this said, ‘This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?’ But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, ‘Does this cause you to stumble? What then if you should behold the Son of Man ascending where He was before? It is the spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some of you who do not UNDERSTAND.’"
    “For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not UNDERSTAND, and who it was that would betray Him. And He was saying, ‘For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him TO UNDERSTAND from the Father."’
    Those who truly heard what He said, understood and believed that unpalatable statement, for we read in John 8:31-36: “Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you abide in My words, then you are truly disciples of mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how it is that You say, you shall become free?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. And the slave does not remain in the house forever, the son does remain forever. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed."’
    The Apostle Paul, using plain language, explains to us the sins that we should be free from, for we read in 1Corinthians 6:9-11: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God."
    If you are still struggling to understand the intended meaning of the Lord’s Supper, the following explanation should clear all misunderstandings. We all know that the food that we eat goes in the stomach and is digested to provide nourishment, strength and life to our physical body. Even so, the word of God that we eat, swallow, or believe becomes nourishment in shaping our character, having become part of the life of our conscience; consequently we live our life according to the words that our soul has eaten, swallowed, or believed. Even in our every day life when we hear a far-fetched story we use the expression that says, “Do you expect me to swallow that?" So “eat, swallow and believe," are all saying the same thing.
    Let us remember that we should eat, swallow, or believe the Word of God to gain its wisdom, without neglecting to live the life that that Word suggests, that is to say, repent; for if we have all the mental wisdom of the word but do not repent, that wisdom has become useless. We read in James 1:22-24: “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer; he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was." In other words, he returns to live through his natural fleshly self, at best deluding himself in the ambiguity of religion.

    Hence, after eating the WORD of the Lord to gain its wisdom, we must also drink the cup of the Lord. Because drinking from the cup of the Lord means to live the life of the Lord. Jesus was also made to drink from a cup, for we read in Luke 22:42: “Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done."
    It is obvious that to fully understand the parables one must dig beyond the face value of the message because if we have the light of Godliness, the Spirit will give us understanding while we meditate on the word that has been written, as the following scripture will clearly demonstrate as we read in 1 Corinthians 10:14-17: “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing, which we PARTAKE a sharing in the LIFE of Christ? Is not the bread, which we break a sharing in the WORD of Christ? Since there is one WORD we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one WORD".

    The inserted Italic words in the above scriptures makes its rendering easier to understand, because, as you can see, the scripture is only describing normal human behaviour when people partake of the same things. In other words, those who share the same beliefs are naturally drawn together to form a body of people with one common purpose in mind. Like a political party that has a written constitution highlighting the common goals and aspirations of that party, the Jews have the Old Testament; the Muslims have the Koran that holds them together; the Buddhists have some other book, and so on and so forth. But Christians who are growing and are living Christ’s life are a beacon of light for all, because we have the bread of life, the Word of God.
    Therefore we should feast on the bread of God by constant meditation to facilitate the digestion process and at the same time share the revelations of the Word with our brothers to extract all wisdom that it contains; but most of all we should drink the life, which the Word teaches: hence behaving in a godly fashion and doing good works, through which, at the appointed time God will reveal His Son in us.
    And with that heavenly hope in mind, let us assemble to eat and drink together the symbols of the “body" Word and the “blood" Life of our God.
    Glory to God

  9. Peter Kostelnik Reply

    my favorite part of the whole mass is when i get to cannibalize jesus so that god isn’t mad at me anymore for being a descendant of a guy who ate an apple after he was told not to.

    1. LRC Reply

      There, there Peter, did that silly comment make you feel better?

    2. Diane Reply

      Your comment is not silly, as was suggested. It is sacrilege.

  10. Abby Zendoe Reply

    Roman catholic murdered Christ the chalase with sun rays around it bis worship the sun god RAH from Egypt, the continual worshiping of RAH the catholic god is blood offering to RAH and continuing the ritual of power .in Philippines,Africa,etc voodoo witch doctors use the catholic idols and gods for dark magic prayers for curses as crist was cursed by the cathilc and roman and Jews

    1. LRC Reply

      Abby, how about you post when you’re sober!

    2. Vicki Reply

      What are you talking about? What is RAH? You have no idea what you are talking about!. For your information. unless you are Catholic & receive the Sacraments that Christ established through Peter & the Catholic Church, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. You will be lucky to end up in Purgatory. Learn the truth about the Catholic Church which is the one true Church, established by Jesus Christ.

      1. Dave Reply

        Vicki there is no such place as purgatory. Purgatory was instituted by the RC church as a money-maker. Monies were paid to the church which then supposedly allowed someone who had died and was on the way to Hell to enter purgatory and spend years there to better himself/herself and eventually get to heaven. Even the RC’s have moved away from that idea in modern times.

        The guy is referring to the Egyptian god RA, although he does not make sense.

        love this site and pray for all my Christian brothers and sisters who post on here or who just read the posts.

        1. Judy Reply

          Dave and Abby, if you do not believe why are you on this website posting? All of us are here to celebrate and learn more about our faith .. the Catholic faith. Move along.

          1. Steven Brown

            I’m not sure Dave has done anything wrong-the bottom line is, is what he says true?

  11. Richard Reply

    Abby, may you be enlightened in God’S time.

  12. Sunny Hobbs Reply

    The Eucharist is the most important part of the Mass. It is there that we enter into communion with our Lord. When we partake in the body of Christ He lives in us and helps us to live in Him as He showed us so many years ago. Like St. Paul said “I no longer live but it is Christ who lives in me”.

  13. Steven Brown Reply

    It is such a religious experience for many Catholics that the church cannot contain them. They eagerly leave prior to the end of the Mass, I assume to start spreading the Good Word…………..

  14. Leolaydz Reply

    Holy Communion is celebrated every mass because it is the memory of Christ’s death on the cross for our salvation…When the priest says the prayer of the consecration of the bread, he says ” For this is my body” and the prayer of consecration of the wine- “For this is the chalice of my blood of the new and eternal testament, the mystery of faith; which shall be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sins” ” Do this in memory of me”. The prayer of consecration changes the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ- the transubstantiation! During the Holy Communion every mass we share the body of Christ as we are members of the corporal body of our Lord!

  15. Hernán Moreno Reply

    Were you present more than 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself so that we may have redemption? I was not there and so today I receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ every time I can at Mass. It is our bridge across time which brings us to that moment of Salvific Grace when Jesus Christ died for us. Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you do not have life in you.

    1. Linda Cooper Reply

      Such a beautiful statement Mr. Moreno, you are so correct. It know I can be that close to my Jesus, is overwhelming.

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