"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. "
The Eucharist is the sacrament in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received. It is the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection and the source of all Christian life and worship. It signifies the unity of the people of God.
The Church asks two things from each of us in order to receive the Eucharist.
- We must be in a state of grace – free from all serious sin.
- We must fast from all food and drink (other than water or medications) for one hour prior to receiving communion.