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Ijeoma AguochaMrs. ParkerTheology III21 December 2017    What is the Eucharist? The Eucharist is a sacrament, but it is also a sacrifice. Many people don’t fathom nor do they believe that Christians receive the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ after the process of transubstantiation. The Eucharist is indeed Jesus’s body and blood in a symbolic form of bread and wine. Christians grew up with the knowledge and the belief that Jesus is the bread of life and he is transformed into the bread and wine during the sacrament of communion. The Holy Eucharist was first instituted at the last supper by Jesus. It symbolizes Christ presence with us during the celebration of mass.    Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the last supper with his apostles the night before he died. He did this by taking the bread blessed it and broke it saying  “this is My body;” then He took a cup of wine, blessed it, and he said: “All of you drink of this; for this is My blood of the new covenant which is being shed for many unto the forgiveness of sins;” lastly, He gave His apostles the task “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Although the holy Eucharist is considered a reenactment of the last supper, it has a symbolic meaning behind it of course. It represents Christ’s presence, the opportunity to share a sacred meal with everyone invited, and it allows us to be one step closer to Jesus.    The Holy Eucharist is one of the many names of the action of receiving Jesus’s body and blood. Its called the Eucharist because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. Another popular name for it is the Lord’s supper, it signifies the eve of Jesus passion an anticipated the wedding feast of the lamb. Eucharistic assembly is a universal name for the Eucharist. It signifies that the Eucharist is celebrated with other members of the church. A common and probably most used name other than the Eucharist is communion. With means “union with” refers to the eating and drinking on the one loaf of bread. Catholics use the term for that part of the liturgy in which the bread and wine are consumed. These are just some of the many names the Eucharist can be labeled as.Although all religious groups acknowledge the importance of the Eucharist, they have different perspectives on its meaning. Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine that is offered is the actual body and blood of Christ and another form of sacrifice as mentioned many times throughout this essay. On the other hand religions such as Protestants believe that Jesus made his sacrifice on the cross and simply follow the tradition of the sacrament in memory of the event, recalling its symbolic importance in the life of Jesus.The Eucharist is not the just a sign or a sacrament it’s a symbol. Is also known as the real presence of Jesus Christ. This means that Jesus is truly there in presence with members of the church at the fronts and backs of everyone one. The real presence is the real Jesus. He is guiding and protecting as catholics live the life He wants his people to live.     Work Citedhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/ritesrituals/eucharist_1.shtmlhttps://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/eucha1a.htmhttp://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/realpres/a12.html