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Sometimes just stating it simply "We believe that by the power of Christ through the Priest, the bread is changed into the Body of Christ".....
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To me it is made very clear when the preist recites "Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, "Take and eat; this is my body" (Matthew 26:26). Then he took the cup of wine and said, "Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. " The words THIS IS say it all.
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I'm sorry my tone did not come through properly in that wording.....
I am honestly wondering...I just can't comprehend it....
It's like.....I'm trying to think of a comparable example.... but I don't know other faiths well enough to compare.....
I pray that you will come to understand the fullness of our Faith; esp a central belief like transubstantiation and the Eucharist
Thanks for the help.
Actually, we're not the only ones who believe this! The Orthodox churches do as well, and so do some, though not all, Anglicans.
Interestingly, the total number of Christians worldwide who DO believe in transubstantiation is greater than those who don't, since more than half the 2 billion Christians in the world are Catholic. Add in the Orthodox and a few Anglicans, and there you go.
Until I was 15, I didn't realize this is what I was "supposed" to believe. I wrestled with it (not too strenuously, I must admit) for some years before realizing, as I attended a "low church" Episcopal service, that I really *did* believe it. It is one of those mysteries that is what makes faith...a mystery! ;)
But for the purpose of explaining it to Protestants, I like what the previous poster said about "THIS IS my body," not "this represents my body." That's what affirms it for me every Sunday.
Many years ago I read an apologetics book by Scott Hahn.
Could it be "The Lamb's Supper"?
I heard someone say that the Eucharist is THE Catholic teaching that requires the most faith and is hardest for those outside of the faith to wrap their head around.
I'm not sure when I realized that we believe in the REAL presence. A few years back - before my kids made their First Communions. I remember the priest at a parent meeting, saying(testing us), "It's not really Christ, is it??" "And I'm thinking... "ummm...pretty sure it is" (but you know if Father says it's not...) The mom next to me - more certain than me - is saying, "It's the REAL DEAL!"