“And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”—1 Corinthians 11:24 (Luke 22:19)
“After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
—1 Corinthians 11:25 (Luke 22:20)
“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”—1 Corinthians 11:26
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”—Romans 1:17
The Sacrament of the Eucharist
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”—Vatican II
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.—Catholic Catechism #1322
“…the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith…”—CC #1327
“…For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself…”—Catholic Catechism #1324
“By the sacrament of Holy Communion…we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body.”—CC #1331
“Through transubstantiation, the whole Christ—body and blood, soul and divinity, is truly, really, and substantially contained in the sacrament of the Eucharist—in every crumb of consecrated bread and every drop of consecrated wine.”—Catholic Catechism #1376, #1413
“We need not be hesitant to use the language of objects to speak of the eucharistic presence, for it is the risen and glorified Christ who objectifies himself as bread and cup. He makes himself locatable, visible, tangible, corporeal, edible. In a word, he makes himself sacramental.”
—Thomas Aquinas, “Summa Theologiae: 3a. 73-78
What is the Eucharist?
The word Eucharist comes from a Greek word which means “give thanks” or
be “thankful.” Jesus, BEFORE his death on the cross, offered thanks before breaking the bread and drinking the cup at the last meal which He had with His disciples. Jesus said specifically that the bread and cup are taken to remember His death on the cross. Paul said that when we take of the Lord’s Supper, we show Jesus’ death until He comes back.
The Roman church, however, has morphed “Eucharist”, the word for “giving thanks,” to mean the bread and wine. “Eucharist” now refers to both the celebration of the Mass (the Eucharistic Liturgy), and the consecrated bread,
(a thin round white wafer called a host), and wine.
According to Roman Catholic doctrine, the Eucharist (communion, blessed sacrament, the body and blood of Christ, or the sacrament of the altar),
becomes the “Real Presence of Jesus,” meaning that when one eats and drinks
the consecrated eucharist, they are actually eating Jesus—Jesus’ real, actual
body and Jesus’ real, actual blood. The change from food to a real body and blood, is explained by a process called transubstantiation which is supposed
to be accepted by faith.
Even though it is illogical to believe (not to mention blasphemous) that flour and water and wine could be changed into the real Jesus who is God, the Eucharist is central to the Roman Catholic doctrine (which does not change).
The Eucharist is said to be offered in an unbloody manner, but church doctrine says that the host (bread) IS Jesus’ body and the wine IS Jesus blood, so it would seem that the doctrine of the Eucharist is actually cannibalistic (eating Jesus body) and drinking blood—expressly forbidden in the Bible.
“Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.”
“That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication…”
—Acts 15:28, 29
Eucharist, eating Jesus, and bloodless cake sacrifices
“The notion that, by eating the flesh, or particularly by drinking the blood, of another living being, a man absorbs his nature or life into his own, is one which appears among primitive peoples in many forms. It lies at the root of the wide-spread practice of drinking the fresh blood of enemies—a practice which was familiar to certain tribes of the Arabs before Mohammed…”—E. A. Wallis Budge, “The Book of the Dead: the Papyrus of Ani”
The Roman Catholic Eucharist—the continuous resacrificing and eating the body of “Jesus” and drinking His blood, would seem to have pagan roots.
The sacrifices offered on the altars of the [pagan] goddess were quite different…There were no bloody sacrifices allowed on her altars, and the usual offering was a round cake, the symbol of the Sun. “The thin round cake,” says Wilkinson, “occurs on all altars.
This round cake was of course a symbol, both of the Sun, and of his Son, or incarnation, for the circle represented both the Sun’s disk and “The Seed.” Hence the round cakes made of flour which were sacrificed to the goddess represented in their mystic sense, “the Son,” or “promised seed,” the false Christ of Paganism.—p. 345,6
“Holy Water purified the sinner; the sacrifice of the round cake atoned for his sins…p. 357—John Garnier, “The Worship of the Dead: Or, The Origin and Nature of Pagan Idolatry and its bearing upon the early history of Egypt and Babylonia”
In the Old Testament there is a reference to the Jewish women making and offering cakes (unbloody sacrifices) to the queen of heaven.
“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.”—Jeremiah 7:18
“And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?”—Jeremiah 44:19
In the fourth century, when the queen of heaven, under the name of Mary, was beginning to be worshipped in the Christian Church, this “unbloody sacrifice” also was brought in. Epiphanius states that the practice of offering and eating it began among the women of Arabia; and at that time it was well known to have been adopted from the Pagans.—Alexander Hislop, Chapter IV Section III, “The Sacrifice of the Mass,” from “Two Babylons”
“The Mexicans and Peruvians are shown to have had a similar custom. Their [Spaniards] surprise was heightened, when they witnessed a religious rite which reminded them of the Christian communion. On these occasions, an image of the tutelary deity of the Aztecs was made of the flour of maize, mixed with blood, and after consecration, by the priests, was distributed among the people, who, as they ate it, ‘showed signs of humiliation and sorrow, declaring it was the flesh of the deity!'”—William Hickling Prescott, “The Conquest of Mexico” Vol. 2, p. 388
Just as new-born babies were sacrificed to Moloch, so also in Mexico, children were offered to the God Huitzilopochtli and their blood was mixed with the sacred cakes eaten by the worshippers; and in Lord Kingsborough’s collection of Mexican antiquities, a group of Mexicans are represented adoring the cross, while a priest holds an infant in his arms as an offering to it. [“The Mexican Messiah,” Gentleman’s Magazine, Sept. 1888 pp. 242, 243]—John Garnier, “The Worship of the Dead: Or, The Origin and Nature of Pagan Idolatry,” p. 244–5
Sacred cakes with a cross
“The custom [cakes/buns with crosses], in fact, was practically universal, and the early Church adroitly adopted the pagan practice, grafting it on to the Eucharist. The boun with its Greek cross became akin to the Eucharistic bread or cross-marked wafers mentioned in St. Chrysostom’s Liturgy…”
The host, which means victim or sacrificial animal, sometimes has the image of a cross. The large host, as a rule, should have the image of Christ crucified impressed on it…” (Cong. Sac. Rit., 6 April, 1834)—Catholic Encyclopedia
Ancient Egyptians offered cakes with a pair of ox horns imprinted (symbolic of the ox at the sacrifice) on them to their moon-goddess.
Bous were sacred cakes the Greeks offered Astarte and other divinities. Bous meaning ox, (boun in the accusative case), were marked with the ox-symbol, and were eventually marked with a cross…
Mola (from Immolare, to sacrifice), was the name of the sacred cakes made by the Vestal Virgins in Rome. “…this sacrifice was said to efface the sins of the people.”—John Garnier, “The Worship of the Dead,” p. 346
At Herculaneum [in Italy], two small loaves about 5 in. in diameter, and plainly marked with a cross, were found.
The Saxons ate cross bread in honour of Eoster, their goddess of light.
Quotes from Roman Catholics regarding the Host or sacred bread
“Everyday, Jesus humbles Himself just as He did when He came from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; everyday He comes to us and lets us see Him in abjection, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar. He shows Himself to us in this sacred bread just as He once appeared to His apostles in real flesh…We too, with our own eyes, see only bread and wine; but we see further and firmly believe that this is His most holy Body and Blood, living and true.”—Francis of Assisi
“The soul hungers for God, and nothing but God can satiate it. Therefore He came to dwell on earth and assumed a Body in order that this Body might
become the Food of our souls.”—St. John Vianney
“The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host.”
—Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
“Keep seeking Jesus in the Eucharist, and you will live with Him as the Most Holy Virgin did in Nazareth.”—Teresa of the Andes
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”—Colossians 1:13, 14
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”—Matthew 4:4
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”—John 6:63