From the Archives: “Eucharist is a sacrifice for all men”

As we celebrate communion during the Jubilee Year of the Eucharist, let us remember Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation.

In January 1971, Father Carl J. Pfeifer, S.J. wrote an article for the Florida Catholic Newspaper titled, ” Eucharist is sacrifice for all men.” Here is an excerpt:

The Sacrament of the Eucharist was seen by the first Christians as the very heart of the Church. Indeed, the Church itself is actualized in the breaking of the bread. The early writers of the Church claimed that “Eucharistia facit ecclesiam,” (the Eucharist creates the Church). The reason is simple: this sacrament contains the very source of salvation, Christ, the crucified and risen Lord by whom alone the Church comes into existence.

The word “Eucharist” comes from the Greek, “eucharistein,” which means to give thanks. In the Eucharist, we give thanks for the most precious of all possible gifts, Jesus. It is Christ Himself who is made present in the action and words of the sacrificial meal called the Eucharist.