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.---

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