The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to deepen their love for the Eucharist as part of the ongoing National Eucharistic Revival initiative. In light of that effort, the following is the fourth in a series from Angelus contributing editor Mike Aquilina on the meaning and makeup of the Eucharistic Prayers.
The eucharistic meaning of the holiday is built into its name. Christmas is an abbreviated form of “the Christ’s Mass.” But there’s much more to the connection than that.
Established at the Last Supper, the sacrament was foreseen by God from the beginning of creation; and from the beginning of Jesus’ earthly life he was preparing the way for it.
God is the primary author of Scripture and also of history. So he told stories to set the stage for future stories. He arranged events to foreshadow future events. Jesus himself saw history this way. He observed that many particular details in the Old Testament prefigured his own life and work.