Eucharist

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The importance of sacraments

The eucharist is a form of sacrament and is able to receive God's grace. 

There are 7 sacraments but only 3 are looked at as most important in RC. The eucharist, baptism and confirmation.  

Most protestant churches believe that only baptism and the eucharist can be justifed.

The eucharist is considered a sacrament because Christians believe it was instituted by Jesus.

It celebrates the creation as it involves gods creation. It involves redemption as it recalls Christ redeeming death and transformation as it transforms the lives of the believer.

Catholics believe in transubstantion which is real presence where the body and blood of jesus is in the bread and wine. Jesus makes himself present in these. 

Protestants reject the idea of real presence and understand it more as a shared commemorative meal. It just symbolises what they believe about Christ and so believes in transignification.  

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Key ideas about the eucharist

Transubstantiation is where the bread and wine physically becomes Jesus' body and blood.

Transignification is where the bread and wine signifies the body and blood of Jesus.

Grace is where it is a free gift from God and helps Christians live better lives where God sacrificed his own son to save humankind from sin,

Real presence is when Jesus makes himself present in the bread and wine. 

Memorial is where Christians act the last supper in memory of Jesus. 

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Eucharist practice

Some protestant churches think it is not necessary to do it every week where Roman catholic believe it must be done every Sunday. 

Catholic and orthodox churches use elaborate rituals for the eucharist and it reflects the belief of real presence. The priest is the closest thing to God and so they have to be present for the eucharist and are specifically chosen by God to do the mass.

Some traditional catholics believe it should reflect the mystery and miraculous nature of God's intevention in  our lives. More importance on using Latin, the sacred language.

Protestant celebrations are much more simpler and is led by a minister.

Intercommunion is practiced by Protestant churches and this allows Christians of other denominations to take communion with them. This way unites Christians.

Roman Catholics only allow RC to take the communion as they are the true faith. 

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