How many times with your own hand have you held out to me your Body and your Blood, and I, though a miserable sinner, have received this Sacrament, and have tasted your love, so ineffable, so heavenly. Glory to you, O God, from age to age!
“And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.” (Luke 24:35)
“O Lord Jesus Christ our God: let your holy Body be my eternal life; your precious Blood, my remission of sins. Let this Eucharist be my joy, health and gladness. Make me, a sinner, worthy to stand on the right hand of your glory at your awesome second coming, through the prayers of your most pure Mother and of all the saints. Amen.”
– Thanksgiving after Holy Communion
Sacraments affirm the holiness of matter, a holiness that was infused in it by its Holy Creator “in the beginning.” They return matter to its original potential — to lead us to an intimate experience of (read “communion with”) God.