The Catechism of the Catholic Church begins the article on the Eucharist with a reflection on the names by which the sacrament is identified. Here we read that each name “evokes certain aspects” of the sacrament. It is called “Eucharist because it is an action of thanksgiving to God” (CCC - 1328). It is sometimes referred to as “the Breaking of Bread” because Jesus used this rite, above all, at the Last Supper (CCC - 1329). The Eucharist is also called “the memorial of the Lord’s passion and resurrection…the Holy Sacrifice” because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church’s offering (CCC - 1330).
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