Holy Eucharist

Christ is present in the bread and wine that has become His Body and
Blood, thus the Blessed Eucharist is unquestionably a sacrament of the
Church. Indeed, in the Eucharist, the definition of a Christian sacrament
as “an outward sign of an inward grace instituted by Christ” is verified.

In Genesis 14:18-20, Melchizedek offered bread and wine to God in
thanksgiving. This offering foreshadowed Jesus’ establishment of the
Eucharist. Scripture tells how God provided bread from heaven, called
manna, to the Israelites as they wandered through the desert after
leaving Egypt. Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding in Cana, when, at the
request of his mother, He turned water into wine. The Eucharist is
described in the Book of Revelation as the wedding feast of Christ the
bridegroom and the Church, his bride. Jesus teaches that His flesh and
blood are real food and drink in John 6. He was giving himself as food
and drink, which was difficult for his followers to understand and some
left Him. Jesus did not try to stop them by offering an alternative
explanation, indicating that they understood when He meant, but could
not accept it. When Jesus celebrated the Passover meal on Holy
Thursday, He offered the bread and cup with the words “This is my body”
and “This is my blood.” He spoke clearly about the Eucharist so we would
know that He is truly present in this meal.

For this reason, the Church has always believed that Holy Eucharist is
the real Body and the real Blood of Christ which is “broken and shed for
the forgiveness of sins.” Christ also tells us that “Unless you eat the flesh
of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you.” (Jn 6)
Also, St. Paul writes “for as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:26).

Holy Communion is the source and summit of all Christian life and is the
only one of the three sacraments of initiation that we can (and should)
receive repeatedly—even daily, if possible. In Holy Communion, we
consume the Body and Blood of Christ, which unites us more closely to
Him and helps us to grow in grace by living a more Christian life.--- www.
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First Holy Communion - The first requirement to receive Holy Communion is that a
child understands what Eucharistic is and that he/she is properly formed in a respect for
it. Families with children in 2nd grade are invited to prepare for and celebrate First
Eucharist. Families must be registered members of the Church of St. Stephen or Corpus
Christi. A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate is required in order to receive the
Sacrament of First Eucharist, unless the child was baptized here at Saint Stephen or
Corpus Christi.

The pastor and PSR teachers will do their best to help the child and the parents. The
child must attend all the classes in preparation for the sacrament and must have
attended PSR in the first grade. The parents must attend the class for parents. This is
because the parents are the primary teachers and they must be knowledgeable in what
they are teaching. First Holy Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday in
May