Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water of Christ's side, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesu, listen to me;
In Thy wounds I fain would hide;
Ne'er to be parted from Thy side;
Guard me, should the foe assail me;
Call me when my life shall fail me;
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy saints to sing Thy love,
World without end.
biblical foundation for Holy Communion is what Christ Himself did at
the Last Supper. As narrated by St. Matthew, Jesus first offered the
apostles what He was about to change, then changed the bread and
wine, and then gave them Communion.
And while they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and
broke and gave it to His disciples and said, "Take you and eat, this
is my Body." And taking the chalice He gave thanks and gave it to
them saying, "Drink you all of this. For this is my Blood of the New
Testament which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins."
St. John, who does not give us the narrative of the institution of
the Eucharist, devotes a whole chapter to Christ's promise of giving
His followers His own flesh to eat and His own blood to drink. What
Christ emphasizes is the absolute necessity of being nourished by
His Body and Blood if the supernatural life received at Baptism is
to be sustained.
I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of
Man and drink His blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone who
does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life and I shall
raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood
is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me
and I live in Him. As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself
draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from
me. This is the bread come down from heaven; not like the bread our
ancestors ate. They are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will
live forever. (John 6: 53-58)
Throughout the gospels and St. Paul, Christ uses words like "take,"
"eat," "drink," always clearly indicating that the Eucharist is to
be taken into the mouth and consumed. No less, and far more, than
material food and drink are necessary to sustain the natural life of
the body, so Holy Communion must be received to support and nourish
the supernatural life of the soul.
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