The Body and Blood of Christ

The only-begotten Son of God, wishing to enable us to share in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that by becoming man he might make us gods.

Moreover, he turned the whole of our nature, which he assumed, to our salvation for he offered his body to God the Father on the altar of the cross as a sacrifice for our reconciliation; and he shed his blood for our ransom and our cleansing, so that we might be redeemed.

In order that we might keep the memory of this great act of love, he left his body as food and his blood as drink, to be received by the faithful under the appearance of bread and wine.

How precious and how wonderful is this banquet which brings us salvation and is full of all delight. What could be more precious?

No sacrament contributes more to our salvation than this, for it purges away our sins, increases our virtues, and nourishes our minds with an abundance of all the spiritual gifts.

Happy are those who are called to your supper Lord.

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