From bread and wine to Body and Blood
The National Eucharistic Revival is a movement to restore understanding and devotion to the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The movement, which was initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, began last June and will continue through 2025.
As part of the Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Austin, priests from around the diocese are recording a YouTube series called 60 Seconds with the Eucharist. In the sixth installment, Father Doug Jeffers, adjutant judicial vicar of the Diocese of Austin, focused on the term “transubstantiation.” At Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer, a change happens in the substance of the bread and wine, and that change is called transubstantiation, he said.
“The Latin prefix ‘trans’, of course, refers to the change and ‘substantiation’ means that this change is a change of substance, not … in their color and their size and their texture and their shape, but deep down beneath all that in their substance and what they really are in the depths of their reality, they're changed and become the body and blood of Christ, which means that when we go to Mass, it's Christ himself who's present there.”
The 60 Seconds with the Eucharist series can be found on YouTube, and the videos are shared on the Diocese of Austin Facebook page.
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