Source and Summit
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch." Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1324
The Eucharist, from the Greek eucharistein, “to give thanks,” is the sacramental celebration of the Divine Mystery. It consists of two parts. During the liturgy of the Word, the community hears the story of salvation as it has been revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the liturgy of the table, the community celebrates Jesus' sacrifice for the life of the world.
Today's celebration is characterized by full, conscious and active participation of the entire assembly. The emphasis on the presence of Christ has shifted away the Eucharistic bread and wine only, to include the assembly, the priest and the Word.
Bringing the church to the homebound
Illness or injury need not limit the celebration of the Eucharist — the source and summit of our faith tradition.