The celebration of the Eucharist is the heart of Catholic Christian worship. In the Eucharist, Catholic Christians believe we are receiving Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is important to note that the Church believes that Christ’s presence in the Eucharist is real and substantial and not simply symbolic. The Eucharist is the presence of Jesus Christ, the risen Lamb of God. When we receive the Eucharist, we form an intimate union with God that is like no other.
If I Want My Child To Receive First Eucharist, Who Should I Contact?
Formation for the reception of the Eucharist for children begins in the first grade. If you want more information about preparing your child for their First Eucharist, please contact Mr. John David Kuhar in the Faith Formation Office. Mr. Kuhar can be reached at the parish office at 248-588-1222; the school office at 248-588-5545; or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I’m An Adult Who Wants To Receive First Eucharist, Who Should I Contact?
Baptized adults who have never received the Eucharist and wish to do so are to be enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). For more information about the RCIA, click here, or contact Mr. Steve Petty in the Parish Office at 248-588-1222 or via email at email@example.com.
Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
During Eucharistic exposition, the faithful can come and offer prayer and worship in the presence of God in the Blessed Sacrament. Eucharistic exposition here at Guardian Angels Parish begins every Wednesday following the 9am Mass. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed throughout the day until reposition at 7pm. During exposition the Church celebrates a ritual known as Benediction. Benediction is the devotion whereby certain hymns and prayers are recited and the congregation is blessed with the exposed Eucharist by a priest or deacon At Guardian Angels. Benediction is celebrated at 3pm.
“Nevertheless, the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows. For the goal of apostolic endeavor is that all who are made children of God by faith and Baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of his church, to take part in the sacrifice and to eat the Lord’s Supper.”
Sacrosanctum Concilium Documents of Vatican II
“As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins. By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraph 1394