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  • What is the Holy Mass? - The Holy Mass is the sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Holy Mass is offered on the altar by the priest of God, under the appearances of bread and wine, in memory of the Sacrifice of the Cross (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1364-1365)

  • When did Jesus Christ institute the Eucharist? - Jesus Christ instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, before his Passion. He consecrated and changed bread and wine into his Body and Blood, then distributed it among the apostles, commanding them to do the same thing in his memory (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1337-1341)

  • Is the bloody sacrifice of the cross the same as the unbloody Sacrifice of the Mass? - Yes, the bloody sacrifice of the Cross and the unbloody Sacrifice of the Mass are one and the same sacrifice; only the manner of the sacrifice is different (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1367)

  • How many Sacraments are there, and what are their names? - The CHURCH has seven SACRAMENTS: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1210)

  • Why is faith in Jesus Christ not enough? Why does God give us the sacraments, too? - We can and should come to God with all our senses, not just with the intellect. That is why God gives himself to us in earthly signs, especially in bread and wine, the Body and Blood of Christ. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1084, 1146-1152

People saw Jesus, heard him, could touch him and thereby experience salvation and healing in body and soul. The sensible signs of the Sacraments show this same signature of God, who desires to address the whole man, not just his head.

  • Why is faith a prerequisite for the sacraments? - Sacraments are not magic. A sacrament can be effective only if one understands and accepts it in faith. Sacraments not only presuppose faith, they also strengthen it and give expression to it. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1122-1126

Jesus commissioned the Apostles first to make people disciples through their preaching, in other words, to awaken their faith and only then to baptize them. There are two things, therefore, that we receive from the Church: faith and the sacraments. Even today someone becomes a Christian, not through a mere ritual or by being listed in a register, but rather through acceptance of the true faith. We receive the true faith from the Church. She vouches for it. Because the Church’s faith is expressed in the Liturgy, no sacramental ritual can be changed or manipulated at the discretion of an individual minister or a congregation.

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