The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Christ Present in the Word
“It is truly Christ who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church,” teaches the Church. Since Vatican II, it is normal for a Liturgy of the Word to accompany the celebrations of the sacraments. The Church has also strengthened the relationship of Word and Eucharist (made visible in the placing of the Book of the Gospels upon the altar), developing a 3-year cycle of readings to be used for Sunday Mass. The Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass sums it up this way: “In the hearing of God’s word the Church is built up and grows…past works in the history of salvation are presented anew as mysterious realities.”