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“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

-John 8:12

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Explore answers to common questions about Jesus in the Eucharist — and the most miraculous manifestations of His Real Presence through history.

Frequently Asked Eucharistic Questions

What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearance of normal bread and wine. Jesus revealed His teaching on the Eucharist in John 6, and every Catholic Mass since the Last Supper, believers adhere to Jesus’ command to consume His Flesh and drink His Blood for eternal life, as stated in John 6:53–57.

Is the Eucharist just a symbol?

No, Catholics believe that the bread and wine are not merely symbols but are truly transformed into the real Body and Blood of Christ during Mass, a doctrine known as the Real Presence.

How does the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?

The bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and Christ Himself acting through the priest. During Mass, the priest prays Jesus’ exact words from the Last Supper “This is my Body” and “this is my Blood” over the bread and wine. In that instant, the bread and wine become Jesus Christ, fully present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

Where is the Eucharist mentioned in the Bible?
  • Matthew 26:26-30
  • Mark 14:22-26
  • Luke 22:14-20
  • John 6:22-59 (The Bread of Life Discourse)
Why does Jesus give Himself to us as food and drink?

Jesus gives himself to us as food and drink to give us eternal life and nourish us spiritually, uniting us to Himself through his Humanity and Divinity. Consuming Him in the Eucharist gives us the grace to do His will and the strength to overcome sin and temptation. Frequent, loving reception of the Eucharist transforms us more and more into Himself. This union transforms us and gives us eternal life.

Why do the bread and wine still look and taste like bread and wine after consecration?

Even though the appearance of bread and wine remains, their substance has changed into the Body and Blood of Christ. This mystery is known as transubstantiation.

Why is the Eucharist not only a meal but also a sacrifice?

The Eucharist re-presents (makes present) the one sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, perpetuating its memory throughout the ages and enabling believers to actively participate in Jesus’ sacrifice.

Why is the presence of Christ in the Eucharist called a "mystery"?

The presence of Christ in the Eucharist transcends human understanding and is a profound truth revealed by God that is accepted in faith.

It is a mystery so profound, it confounded his disciples “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” (John 6:60) and even sent many away “Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him” (John 6:66).

Eucharistic Miracles

Bleeding Hosts. Shocking scientific discoveries. Explore the miraculous manifestations of Jesus Christ truly Present in the Eucharist — from centuries past to our modern day.

Eucharistic Miracles of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1992-1994-1996

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© 2006, Edizioni San Clemente Three Eucharistic Miracles occurred at the same parish in Buenos Aires, unveiling blood and traumatized human heart tissue. The parish of...

Eucharistic Miracle of Brussels, Belgium, 1370

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Jesus in the Eucharist was stabbed — and began to bleed. In the Cathedral of Brussels there are many artistic testimonies to a Eucharistic miracle verified in...