Paragraph 1368

1368. The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the Church. the Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. She unites herself to his intercession with the Father for all men. In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. the lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.

In the catacombs the Church is often represented as a woman in prayer, arms outstretched in the praying position. Like Christ who stretched out his arms on the cross, through him, with him, and in him, she offers herself and intercedes for all men.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

336. With what authority is the priestly ministry exercised?

503. What is set forth by the seventh commandment?

424. What other kinds of grace are there?

292. What are the fruits of Holy Communion?

166. Why is the Church called “Catholic”?

85. Why did the Son of God become man?

402. What is the relationship between the person and society?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the role of faith in the midst of suffering, according to Job 13:15-16?

How do the Psalms teach us to be more sensitive to God’s presence (Psalm 139:1-4)?

How is God’s justice manifested in the midst of suffering, according to Job 34:10-12?

What is the importance of obeying the Word of God? What does the Bible say about those who do not follow sound doctrine?

Love and friendship: the importance of relationships in life (Ecc 4:9-12)

How does the story of Rich and Lazarus warn us about the consequences of greed? (Luke 16:19-31)

What is the story of Uzziah and how was he punished for disobeying God?