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The Eucharist

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The Eucharist A) I have to cover three different sections in this piece of coursework. The three sections are: * Describing a Mass in a Roman Catholic Church; * Explain the importance for Catholics of regularly attending Mass; * Do I agree with the statement - 'Praying to God in Private is more important than attending services at Church.' The Eucharist is the Christian word used to describe the Mass. 'Eucharist' means 'thanksgiving' and is a good name for the celebration of the sacred meal. As Jesus gave thanks for the bread and the wine which are the fruits of the harvest, so do Christians. There is also a deeper spiritual thanksgiving for the gift that Jesus made of himself at the last supper and on the cross. This spiritual thanksgiving is brought out clearly in the Orthodox 'Liturgy'. The Eucharistic service of the Orthodox is the most important form of public service - that of honouring God. It gives God thanks for what he has done for his people by rescuing them from sin. This information was gathered from "Dimensions of Christianity" by Sister A. Burke. Other names for the Eucharist are: * MASS is thought to come from the Latin word 'missa' meaning 'send out', perhaps referring to the way in which the Mass gives Catholics the power of Christ with which the priest sends them out into the world. * THE HOLY SACRIFICE refers to the one sacrifice of Christ the saviour and includes the offering of the Church. ...read more.

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Because of the importance of the resurrection the first day became known as the Lord's Day and the preferred day of the week for worshipping God. Christians gathered together for readings, prayers and instruction and to receive the Eucharist. Catholics continue these practises today by going to Sunday Mass. Protestants also attend church on a Sunday but their tradition often places more emphasis on hymns, readings, prayers and Sermon rather than focusing on the Eucharist. Going to Church and receiving communion are at the centre of their lives for most Catholics as Christians. This is because the Mass combines the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. On Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, Catholics are obliged to go and celebrate the Eucharist at mass. Going to Church gives Catholics the means by which to express their communal life in the church. They hear the word of God through the Bible readings, by praying together and also by receiving the body or Christ in the form of the Eucharist. Sunday is the weekly renewal of their faith and vocation as Christians and a celebration of Jesus' resurrection. The Eucharist reminds the Christians of God's love in their lives. The Mass is important to Catholics because they believe it is the means of regenerating their lives. The Catechism says that Catholics 'receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life'(1211). It is called "The Holy Mass because the liturgy in which the mystery of salvation is accomplished concludes with the sending forth (missio) ...read more.

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Christians also try to develop their love and understanding of God during prayer. In some cases though, Christians do not pray to God with the intention of understanding the Lord more, they just simply want to spend time with God, even though he may not directly answer them. By this, their relationship with God, their love and understanding of the Lord grows from just simply turning their minds to God. One of the things that Christians want from praying to God is to get closer to God, but there are a couple of other reasons such as Christians want to be freed from sin and strengthened in goodness but also to be guided through the problems of life by God. When praying to God, most Christians do it because they are facing difficulties in life and want to ask God for guidance in their time of need. Personally, I think that the statement is neither right nor wrong. At times in their lives, when they are facing personal problems, Christians might not want to go to a church service with everyone else in the Christian community; they might just prefer to keep their problems private with God. There is however an advantage of going to the church service. There, you are with the local community who want to help you because it is the Christian way. As Jesus said "Love One Another As I Have Loved You". Another advantage of just praying to God by yourself is that God is always with you day or night, this means that you don't have to go somewhere special to communicate with God. ?? ?? ?? ?? RE Coursework - The Eucharist By Stefan Nakonecznyj ...read more.

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