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Consecration of the Host

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Definition:   The action of the priest that changes the wafer and wine into the physical body and blood of Jesus. The consecration occurs during the Eucharistic prayer when the priest says “this is my body…this is the cup of my blood.” The bread and wine retain their original appearance, but the substance is changed into Jesus. The consecration is effective for all wafers and wine that the priest intends to consecrate. The wafer itself is both the body and the blood of Jesus. It is not necessary to drink the wine to receive the blood of Christ. The wafer continues to be the physical Jesus until it dissolves. The consecrated host is to be worshiped.

Discussion: The belief that the priest calls down Jesus from heaven to take the appearance of bread is contradictory to both common sense and Scripture. Concerning common sense, the wafer retains both its appearance and its taste. Concerning Scripture, Jesus warns of false Christs: “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it” (Mt. 24:24). Jesus has ascended to heaven, is seated at the Father’s right hand, and will come back a second time (Heb. 9:26). The sacrifice of Jesus was effective forever, and is never to be repeated (Heb. 10:10). In order to remember Jesus (“do this in remembrance of Me” – Lk. 22:14), He cannot be physically present.

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