The Summit: The Eucharist
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What is the Eucharist?
What differentiates Catholics from other Christians is our belief in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic life. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, soul, and divinity of Christ fully present in the form of bread and wine. The sacrifice of the Mass not only recalls, but is the Last Supper. When the priest lifts up the bread and the wine, they become Christ's body and blood, a principle we call transubstantiation. This is why it is important to attend Mass every Sunday, to receive Christ every week.
Eucharistic adoration, also known as the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, is an opportunity for Catholics to pray to Christ in the form of the Eucharist. The Catechism puts it this way:
"The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease." (CCC, 1380)
Times for Adoration: