Tuesday, July 2, 2013
MASS GUIDE FOR CHILDREN - 12
The most special moment in Mass will now happen. Jesus will offer His life to God the Father on behalf of us sinners. He died on the cross and His blood was shed so that we sinners can be forgiven and go to heaven when we die.
The bread and wine that the priest blesses, or consecrates, becomes the real Body and the real Blood of Jesus. Even though they still look like bread and wine, Jesus said, "This is my Body" and "This is my Blood." We will receive Him in Holy Communion when the priest gives us the Host to eat.
This sacrifice at every Mass is the same one that Jesus offered on Good Friday on Mount Calvary almost two thousand years ago. It is not a different sacrifice; it is the same one. Jesus died once, but we make His death present again at every Mass because He told us to do this when He said, "Do this in memory of me."
You will know that the bread and wine are changed when the priest lifts up high the Host, the circular piece of white bread, and the chalice, or special cup.