Eucharistic Sacrilege

 

 

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Regarding Eucharistic Sacrilege

 

By Eucharistic sacrilege is meant---but is not limited to---the following:

 

1.  Sacred Species spilled and not properly purified.

2.  Sacred Species disposed-of in wastebaskets or sewer drains.

3.  Tabernacle keys being left in the tabernacle, resulting in invasive sacrilege.

4.  The Exposed Blessed Sacrament abandoned.

5.  Regular reception of Holy Communion in a state of public disobedience to Church law.

6.  Being in the heretical state of admitting disbelief in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.                                    7.  Reception of the Eucharist in a state of Mortal Sin.

 

Belief in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is not difficult---it is no more difficult than believing that the sun will indeed shine tomorrow.  If we can believe that God created the universe from nothing and Incarnated Himself into the physical Person of Jesus Christ, as Jesus Christ, The Eternal Word, why is it that some of the faithful think that He cannot Incarnate Himself into physical bread and wine for the purpose of communing with our intimate personhoods---especially when He said in Sacred Scripture that He would do so? (John, Chapters 1 and 6; then 1 John, Chapter 1)

 

In one succinct statement, (CCC: 1374) Holy Mother Church professes belief in the True Presence:

 

“In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained."

 

The belief in the above statement from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is plainly and visibly supported by Sacred Scripture. The following quotations show a progression of Eucharistic faith in Christ’s Words and the words of St. Paul. First, the Words of Christ:

 

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.  Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.  Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.  This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever." (John 6: 51, 53-58 NAB)

 

After Jesus spoke the above, many of His disciples left Him---as many of the faithful do today.  But St. Peter said:

“Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6: 68 NAB)

 

At the Last Supper, the first Mass, with Jesus acting as both Priest and Victim, He finally taught the apostles what He meant when He said that they must eat His flesh to have eternal life.  He didn’t have to say anything new---He just showed them what He previously meant by giving them the command that would allow them to call His True Presence, as Priest and Victim again and again, to Incarnate Himself in the forms of bread and wine at the Consecration at the Mass:

 

Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.’  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.’”  (Lk22:19-20 NAB)

 

At the second Mass with Jesus as Priest and Victim, which took place after the walk on the road to Emmaus, the two disciples (one was Cleopas, who was not at the Last Supper) that were with Him finally recognized Jesus as being Present in the Holy Eucharist that they received from His hands. 

 

Firstly, Jesus instructed His fellow travelers concerning Himself in the Holy Scriptures:

 

“And he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!  Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’  Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.”

(Lk24:25-27 NAB)

 

Secondly, Jesus, as Priest and Victim, offered Himself in the bread that He consecrated in this second Mass:

 

“And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.  Then they said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?’  So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them. Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (Lk24:30-33, 35 NAB)

 

The structure of the second Mass, above, provided for the following:

 

1. Repentance to Truth: Were not our hearts burning within us”

 

2. Liturgy of the Word: “Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred   to him in all the scriptures.”

 

3. The Consecration: “…while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing”

 

4. The Communion: “…broke it, and gave it to them”

 

5. Thanksgiving for their experience:  “…they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem

 

 

St. Paul confirms the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist in two quotations:

 

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1Cor10:16 NAB)

 

“Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.  A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.”

(1Cor11:27-29 NAB)

 

In the fourth century, St. Jerome, a father of the Church, wrote:

 

“As food He gave the bread descended from Heaven: If we are worthy, let us eat.” 

(St. Jerome, Breviarium in Psalmos, 110: PL XXVI, 1238-39)

  

The two marks of the true Roman Catholic faith in a parish are evident devotion to the Eucharist and the Mother of God.  Devotion to the Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist and the heart of Mary as our Loving Mother will carry the faithful through to martyrdom---and the Church will be reborn only of those with faith like this.  The rest will walk away.

 

 

Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus

 

V. Lord, have mercy on us.

R. Christ, have mercy on us.

V. Lord, have mercy on us,

    Christ, hear us.

R. Christ, graciously hear us.

 

V. God, the Father of Heaven,  

R. Have mercy on us.

V. God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

R. Have mercy on us.

V.  God, the Holy Spirit,

R. Have mercy on us.

 

V. Holy Trinity, One God,

R. Have mercy on us.

 

For the following:  V. Blood of Christ, .….   R. Save us.

 

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, save us.

Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.

Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.

Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, save us.

Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.

Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.

Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.

Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us.

Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.

Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.

Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.

Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.

Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us.

Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us.

Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, save us.

Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.

Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.

Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.

Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.

Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.

Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.

Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us.

Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us.

Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save us.

 

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

R. Spare us, O Lord!

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

R. Graciously hear us, O Lord!

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

R. Have mercy on us!

 

V. You have redeemed us, O Lord, in your Blood.

R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

 

Let us pray:  

 

Almighty and eternal God, you have appointed your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by his Blood. Grant we beg of you, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through

the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

 

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