The eucharist

A, B, C and D type question answered on the eucharist for GCSE Edexcel catholic

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A) What does the Eucharist mean?
Eucharist is the transubstantiation on the bread and wine into the body and blood of
Christ like in the last supper
B) Do you think the celebration of the Eucharist is important?
I think the Eucharist is important because Catholics believe that transubstantiation
occurs during the liturgy of the Eucharist so it enables Christians to be connected with
Jesus and to have him living within them.
Also because it lets Christians remember Christ because it is a sacrificial memorial of
Christ ­ in the bible Jesus commands his disciples to " this in memory of me."
C) Explain how two Christian denominations celebrate The Eucharist.
Protestant Christians believe that when celebrating the Eucharist, the bread and wine
do not transubstantiate into the body and blood of Christ, but they believe it is just a
re-enactment of the last supper following the commandment of repeating the liturgy in
memory of him. They also do not celebrate the Eucharist very regularly or weekly, it
varies. This is because they avoid making it a familiar tradition as it may lose meaning
or significance; so in most churches it is celebrated monthly.
Catholics also celebrate the Eucharist in obedience to Jesus' commandment, but
because they believe in transubstantiation, so when they receive the bread and wine,
Christ is within them which is how they can receive the presence of Jesus. They also
only allow people who have received the sacrament of their first Holy Communion and
are a member of the Catholic Church, whereas Protestants offers communion to anyone
who wishes to receive it.
D) `The Eucharist is not important to all Christians'
I disagree because as receiving the Eucharist is a commandment of Jesus himself, most
Christians should feel obliged to follow his commandments as part of their faith.
Christians is also seen as one of the ways for Christians to have Christ within them, and
it is important for Christians to receive Jesus.
Some other Christians may disagree; Quakers believe that people can lead a holy
Christian life without the use of sacraments; therefore the Eucharist is not necessary
when receiving Christ in their lives.


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