The Eucharistic Sacrifice or Holy Communion

The Eucharistic Sacrifice and Sacrament

The Holy Eucharist is the second step in Christian initiation which began at Baptism. The reception of the Eucharist or Holy Communion allows us to become more firmly united to the Christian community of believers.

The Eucharist is at once both Sacrifice and Sacrament.
‘At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’.

At Mass, the priest celebrates the Sacrifice of the Cross, when he offers the bread and wine to be consecrated through the power of God into the sacrifice of His only Son.
We share in that sacrifice when present at Mass, but we also receive Christ in the sharing of the Eucharistic bread and wine, transformed at the Consecration into the Real Presence of Christ.
When we receive the Eucharist, we are present at that Last Supper, sharing with the Apostles that gift of Christ, Himself, which he has left us.
He has told us that ‘I will not leave you orphans’ and His continuing presence is felt through the consecrated hosts which are left for us in the Tabernacle, and which so many believers venerate through Eucharistic Adoration.
It is through this great Act of sacrifice that we come to share in the continuing presence of Christ amongst us and it is why we venerate and respect the presence of Christ in the tabernacle.

Public Masses Postponed

Mar 13, 2020

In order to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 Virus, after the 10.00am Mass today Friday 13th March there will be no further Public Masses in Marino Parish Church or in St. Joseph’s Rosmini Church until further notice. We have a duty of care to our parishioners and to all in our country to protect the health of people. The situation will be reviewed as new information becomes available. Catholics have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the duration of these special measures.
This is a time for us to pray for each other and for our country and our world as we face this crisis. There will be a Mass broadcast from Marino Church on the webcam on Sundays at 11.00am., on weekdays at 10.00am, and on St. Patrick’s day at 11.00 AM but there will be no congregation present. I encourage you to tune in to the web broadcast. Mass is  also broadcast daily on EWTN TV station. Please continue to pray and to look after your neighbours. The Church will be open during the Day for people to pray in.

 

PRAYER  FOR  SPIRITUAL  COMMUNION:

For those who cannot attend Mass and receive Holy Communion, the following prayer may be said:

My Jesus,
I believe that You
Are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things
And I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
Receive You sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if You were already there
And unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.