Proclaiming and Defending the Most Holy Eucharist: Using the Gift of Speech
by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan
©Catholic Online 2005
Such a marvelous treasure as the Most Holy Eucharist demands that we use accurate language when describing this incredible Sacrament.
There is a hymn used in some Catholic parishes that begins: "Precious body, precious blood, here in bread and wine . . . ."
This hymn should not be sung by Catholics.
Sadly, this assertion is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. Jesus' Body and Blood are not present in the bread and wine used for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If bread and wine are present on an altar in a Catholic church, then the Consecration of the Mass has not yet occurred and the Body and Blood of Christ are not yet present on that altar.
But if the Body and Blood of Christ are present on an altar in a Catholic Church, then the Consecration has happened and bread and wine no longer exist.
The first line of this hymn bespeaks of Consubstantiation, which is the position that the Body and Blood of Christ are present along with the bread and wine. This is a tenet of Lutheranism.
The Catholic Church rejects Consubstantiation and rather holds to Transubstantiation, which means that the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.
Hence, the first line of this hymn is patently false--it is heresy. I make no judgment as to the intention of the composer, thereby casting no aspersions on him.
Recently, I was reading an article in a Catholic magazine that is geared towards the Catholic laity. I noted the following four statements.
I. "The Eucharistic action--Vatican II reminds Christians--is not only the experience of Jesus as bread and wine, but also of Jesus present in the Word and in the assembly."
II. "2. The liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the bread and wine constitute a unity, but there are differing ways to enter more fully into each. As Jesus becomes present to us in the bread and wine, Jesus also is present in the proclamation of the word of God."
III. "The Carmelite contemplative tradition has wisdom about the journey to the Beautiful, a journey made possible by presence at the table of the word and at the table of bread and wine."
IV. "We are called upon at the Eucharist to become, as Jesus has become for us, bread and wine for our neighbor."
Perhaps unwittingly, the author identifies Jesus as "bread and wine" (I., IV.). II. is especially redolent with the theory of Consubstantiation, which, as mentioned above, is in opposition to Transubstantiation.
I confess that I have never heard the expression, "the liturgy of the bread and wine," (II.) I contend that this is at least misleading, if not fraught with serious error. So is "the table of bread and wine." (III.)
Of course, Jesus has not become bread and wine for us (cf. IV.). Instead, the bread and wine have become Jesus for us.
If you are looking for a book that explains well just what the Church proclaims concerning the Most Blessed Sacrament, then "A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist" by Abbot Anscar Vonier, O.S.B. (Bethesda, Maryland: Zaccheus Press, 2003) is for you.
We must use precise language when referring to the Most Holy Eucharist. This magnificent Sacrament deserves nothing less.
http://www.catholic.org , VA
Monsignor Charles M. Mangan - Official, 390 66616-1125
Most Holy Eucharist
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Thursday, March 30th, 2017 HD Video
- 'Living Lent': Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent - Day 29
- St. Berthold: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, March 29, 2017
- Newborn rescued from shallow grave as India murders its daughters
- Cause of California's drought is revealed HD Video
- Victims of a failing system or child abusers? Couple leaves young ...
- Daily Readings for Wednesday, March 29, 2017
- Pope Francis' important message for children HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 HD
- Supermassive black hole discovered surfing gravitational wave HD
- Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico calls out 'traitor' Mexicans HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.