evidence of holding the Catholic faith regarding these sacraments and
possess the required dispositions.
In an ancient prayer the Church acclaims the mystery of
the Eucharist: “O sacred banquet in which Christ is received as
food, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the soul is filled with
grace and a pledge of the life to come is given to us.” If the Eucharist
is thememorial of thePassoverof theLordJesus, if byour communion
at the altarwe arefilled“witheverygrace andheavenlyblessing,”
then the Eucharist is also an anticipation of the heavenly glory.
At the Last Supper the Lord himself directed his disciples’
attention toward the fulfillment of the Passover in the kingdom of
God: “I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until
that day when I drink it newwith you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist she remembers this
promise and turns her gaze “to himwho is to come.” In her prayer
she calls for his coming:
“Come, Lord Jesus!”
“May your grace come and this world pass away!”
The Church knows that the Lord comes even now in his
Eucharist and that he is there in our midst. However, his presence
is veiled. Therefore we celebrate the Eucharist “as we await the
blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ,”
“to enjoy for ever the fullness of your glory, when you will wipe
away every tear from our eyes. For seeing you, our God, as you are,
we shall be like you for all the ages and praise you without end,
through Christ our Lord.”
There is no surer pledge or clearer sign of this great hope
in the new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness
than the Eucharist. Every time this mystery is cele-
brated, “the work of our redemption is carried on” and we “break
the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the anti-
dote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus
241 Cf. CIC, can. 844 § 4.
EP I (Roman Canon) 94:
Supplices te rogamus.
10, 6: SCh 248, 180.
125, Embolism after the Lord’s Prayer:
expectantes beatam spem et
adventum Salvatoris nostri Jesu Christi;
247 EP III 115: prayer for the dead.
3; St. Ignatius of Antioch,
20, 2: SCh 10, 76.