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Is it wrong to worship the host during holy hour? I keep wondering about this. Why is it okay? What happens if you are having a hard time really believing that the host is really the Jesus Christ? I might have it all wrong... not sure.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:43 PM on Aug. 26, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • You don't worship the Host. You ALWAYS worship God.

    A lot of people have trouble with the idea of transubstantiation...the idea that the Host actually BECOMES the Body and Blood of Christ. It's all right to have trouble with the idea.

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:24 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • As was said, we worship Jesus Christ, God the Son, and not the actual Host. The idea of transubstation can be hard to understand. I like to explain it like this:

    All things have two parts – the “substance” (which is what a thing actually is) and the “accidents” (the thing’s physical characteristics). With transubstantiation the substances of the bread and the wine are changed into the substances of Christ’s Body and Blood, while the “accidents” (i.e., color, shape, taste, etc.) of the bread and the wine remain unchanged.

    Think how a person is more than just their appearance (gender, height, etc) but they are a person too (wife, mother, lawyer, etc.). We can see, hear, feel, touch another person. But the true substance, the essence of who a person is cannot be experienced with our senses. It can’t be measured scientifically.

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:34 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • And a person can change in two different ways. Their appearance can change – they can cut their hair, grow a beard become disfigured. They can also keep the same outward appearance but change ‘inside’ – become hateful, religious, joyful, etc. Just think of how we all changed as a person once we became a mother. Not just gaining a few pounds and having bigger breasts, but we changed as a person. We might not be able to articulate the change but we know that we are a different person after having a child. The “substance” of the person has changed and been replaced with a new person – the mother of a child.

    And think about death – the instant before death and the instant after death. The body just before death has the identical appearance of the body after death – but we all know that the two are completely different. The ‘accidents’ are retained while the ‘substance’ has left.

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:34 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • Or consider a great work of art. Why is an original Michaelangelo sculpture worth more than a reproduction? The reproduction could look exactly the same and yet it is worth far less. Why? Because the original sculpture is authentic – it’s the actual marble touched by Michaelangelo. He carved it with his very hands using his own creative force. The original has a unique history and is one-of-a-kind. There’s something about the original that can be imitated, but not copied. So the ‘accidents’ can be reproduced but the ‘substance’ cannot.

    So there are two kinds of change that can happen to things – both are real but only one can be seen, heard, felt or experienced with our five senses. So with transubstantiation something authentic and unique happens to the bread and wine. At the consecration the substance becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:35 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • So Catholics worship the "substance" of the Host which is Jesus Christ, God the Son. We don't worship the "accidents" (bread/wine or the physical host).

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:37 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • Erin, I totally want to ask your opinion about communion : )

    I was reading something a while back, and what you were just talking about remined me about it. I need to go now, but I will write you later tonight!!!

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 8:00 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

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