The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday. Locally, the Church of the Most Holy Trinity will celebrate with a procession, starting at the front steps of the church at 2 p.m.
This Eucharistic procession represents the full sacramental Catholic belief that Jesus' love is truly expressed at every Holy Mass, with the Holy Spirit consecrating the bread offered into Christ's body and the wine offered into Christ's blood, as Jesus first did at the Last Supper.
What is the Church's teaching about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist?
Jesus, when he was at the Last Supper, instituted the Eucharist, the sacrament of his real divine personal presence as the body of Christ revealed with the breaking of the bread, the bread which becomes his real being.
Likewise, when Jesus said the blessing and uttered the words over the cup of wine at that Last Supper, the wine was changed really and substantially to become his real blood.
All Catholics believe that the forms of bread and wine at the Eucharist are actually transformed and consecrated by the power of the Holy Spirit to be transubstantiated into the body and blood of our Lord Jesus.
That is why every Catholic church has a tabernacle to contain and preserve the real presence of Christ alive.
All Catholics receive with faith at each Mass the holy sacramental love of Jesus when they eat his body under the form of the bread and drink his blood under the form of wine . It is the real actual presence of our Savior's coming into our hearts and souls to share his divinity with us.
The Rev. Michael Lubinksy is the parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity on Telfair Street in Augusta.