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Explain the beliefs and practices associated with the Eucharist, with specific reference to the Roman Catholic tradition.

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Eucharist Coursework - AO1 "Explain the beliefs and practices associated with the Eucharist, with specific reference to the Roman Catholic tradition." When Catholics go to mass and receive the Eucharist we believe that Christ is truly and substantially present in the bread and wine, this is why after the bread and wine has been consecrated it is stored in the Holy Tabernacle. This is known as the doctrine of Transubstantiation. When Jesus was having the last supper with his apostles he took the bread and broke it saying, "This is my body." What he held was to all appearances just a plain loaf of bread; however we as Catholics believe that the actual 'substance' of the bread was changed into his body. ...read more.

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However other Churches have different beliefs from that of the Catholic, they believe in Consubstantiation, this is where they believe that the bread and wine is a symbol of Jesus' body and blood but that it is not actually changed into it. During the Eucharist we are recreating what happened at the last supper, and we are entering into a new covenant between God and ourselves, Jesus said, "Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." In this he is promising eternal life. At the last supper Jesus used bread to represent his body as it was an essential food at this time, he is trying to demonstrate that we need the Eucharist in order to survive spiritually in life, and it offers us strength. ...read more.

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Jesus is known as the bread of life, as he keeps us spiritually alive, and so when we leave Mass after receiving the Eucharist we are said to be spiritually satisfied. The word eucharist itself means thanksgiving, and the mass is consequently seen as a great act of thanksgiving by the people to God for what Jesus did by offering himself as the Lamb that took away the sins of the world. This is why at the start of most masses we say the Gloria: "Glory to God in the highest...in the glory of God the Father. Amen" It is a prayer of thanks. The Eucharist challenges and inspires us; we reflect and listen to the message of the bible which is delivered in the liturgy of the word. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hannah Johnston 12E ...read more.

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