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Catholics-would someone explain real presence to me please?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:39 PM on Sep. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Catholics believe in transubstation - that the "substance" of the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ while the "accidents" or physicial characteristics of the bread and wine remain the same. It is a bit more specific than the concept of the "Real Presence" that some Protestant denominations (like High Church Anglican or some Lutherans) have. (The term "Real Presence" is actually more of an Anglican term than a Catholic one).  This article explains the difference from the Catholic point of view.  The Catholic teaching of transubstantion is based on John chapter 6.  (See this article for details.) 


    Answer by eringobrough at 3:01 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • Transubstantiation is the belief that once the bread and the wine are blessed by an ordained Priest or Bishop they change into the REAL blood and body of Christ although they retain the appearance of bread and wine. There's the basic definition, are you looking for something more?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:47 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • simply unbelievable.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:17 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • Real Presence and Transubstantiation are not the same thing. Real Presence is a doctrine of certain Protestant denominations.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:44 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • From Catholic Answers online...

    The doctrine of the Real Presence asserts that in the Holy Eucharist, Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearances of bread and wine. Evangelicals and Fundamentalists frequently attack this doctrine as "unbiblical," but the Bible is forthright in declaring it (cf. 1 Cor. 10:16–17, 11:23–29; and, most forcefully, John 6:32–71).


    Answer by Littlebit722 at 7:44 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • From the Catholic Catechism...

    "Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us," is present in many ways to his Church:195 in his word, in his Church's prayer, "where two or three are gathered in my name,"196 in the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned,197 in the sacraments of which he is the author, in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the person of the minister. But "he is present . . . most especially in the Eucharistic species."198


    Answer by Littlebit722 at 7:55 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • Cont'd...

    1374 The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend."199 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained."200 "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."201


    Answer by Littlebit722 at 7:56 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • Cont'd...

    1375 It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ's body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. the Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:

    It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. the priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God's. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.202


    Answer by Littlebit722 at 7:57 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • Cont'd....

    and St. Ambrose says about this conversion:

    Be convinced that this is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. the power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed.... Could not Christ's word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.203


    Answer by Littlebit722 at 7:57 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

  • Cont'd...

    1376 The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation."204

    1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.205


    Answer by Littlebit722 at 7:58 PM on Sep. 7, 2009

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