Mother of the Eucharist



On Holy Thursday, Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper with His apostles.  Do we generally think of Mary in relation to the Last Supper, or indeed, every time we receive Holy Communion?  We should.  In the Dictionary of Mary (pg. 381), we learn about the “Presence of Mary in the Eucharist”:

“We must not see her presence there as the presence of Christ.  The consecration effects the Real Presence of the Christ of Glory in the act of His Sacrifice under the appearance of bread and wine, with His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Nothing of the kind is true in Mary’s humanity.  Yet the Presence of Jesus brings with it in some way the presence of His Mother….

The Christ Who becomes present on the altar is the same Christ Who took from Mary His Body and Blood of the Eucharistic Sacrifice that are given as nourishment to us.  The reality of the Word made flesh can be perceived only in its twofold relation of Son:  the one according to which He is eternally engendered by the Father and the one according to which He was begotten in time by Mary.

Hence, our faith in the Eucharistic Christ includes a background reference to His Mother according to the flesh:  Ave verum Corpus natum de Maria – Hail true Body born of the Virgin Mary!”

I have found an article at Catholic Tradition which you may enjoy reading when you have time, as it gives further insights into this subject.


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