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The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist stands at the center of all the sacraments, as the source and summit of our Faith (CCC 1324).

A priest holding the Eucharist up at mass.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The term “Eucharist” originates from the Greek word eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving.


In the Eucharist, the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus is truly and substantially present under the appearance of bread and wine. At every Mass and Divine Liturgy, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and his victory at the resurrection is made present through the words of consecration spoken by the priest, renewing the mystery of redemption for us today and until the end of time. 

The Church is born of the Eucharist, which is the center and source of her life—of her liturgy, prayer, sacraments, and teachings—for it is the very sacrament of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.

The presence of Christ in the Eucharist is real, true, and substantial.

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