The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Take and Drink
Catholics believe that we encounter God above all in sacramental signs. In Holy Communion, we share in God’s own life through the sacrament of Jesus’ own Body and Blood. Even though we receive the “whole Christ” – body, blood, soul, and divinity – when we receive Communion under the form of bread alone, receiving Communion also from the chalice is a more complete participation in the Eucharist. In the sign of consecrated wine we see Jesus’ blood outpoured for us and are challenged to drink the common cup with our brothers and sisters in Christ.