Part six of a seven-part series on the Mass from our partner Catholic News Service looks into the culmination of the sacred mysteries in the Communion rite, in which the body of Christ, priest and people, receive the Lord in his body and blood. See two reflections and videos in preparation for receiving Christ.
Called to celebrate a deeper communion
If the liturgy is truly the source and summit of the church’s life, the Communion rite is the source and summit of the liturgy. A catechist offers three points to remember before we receive the Lord.
(See a related video.)
Person to person, the body of Christ
Extraordinary ministers of holy Communion extend the participation of the laity in the Mass, knowing well the honor and intensity of that grace-filled moment for each communicant.
(See a related video.)
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The Eucharist may be the source and summit of the Church’s life, but is it the source and summit of the person’s encounter with Christ? The Spirit of Christ within us is what brings us Divine inner peace and strength. This is before, during, and after we participate in the Eucharist.