The Sacrament of Sacraments
From the earliest days of Christianity, believers have gathered together to worship God in the way Jesus directed, "Do this in remembrance of me."
The word Mass means "to be sent forth" and we are sent forth from the Eucharist to live as Jesus did, to share his love with others and to serve others. In order to be more aware of what happens at every Mass, we need to explore the history of the Mass. Like any family who gathers after the death of a loved one, the disciples came together to discuss and to share their grief. Many of them had seen him after the resurrection. Through a common religious experience on Pentecost, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and realized beyond a doubt that Jesus was truly the Messiah. Every part of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday took on a new dimension. They recalled how Jesus had taken bread and wine and blessed it and gave it to them saying, "Take this and eat it... this is my body." (Matthew 26:26) and "Do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19). These words took on new meaning. Each Sunday, the disciples gathered to celebrate the resurrection, recall Jesus' life and share a meal in remembrance of Jesus. It was called the "Breaking of Bread". These gatherings in faith have continued to this day and have now become the "Mass", our celebration of the Eucharist