Under whatever aspect we may consider the Holy Eucharist, It recalls to us in a striking manner the death of Our Lord.

It was on the eve of His death that He instituted It, on the very night on which He was betrayed. The name that He gives It is the Testament in His Blood.  The state of Jesus is a state of death. Appearing at Brussels and at Paris, in 1290 and in 1369, it was with His wounds, as our Divine Victim. He is without movement, without will, like one dead, who must be carried.

Around Him reigns the silence of death. His altar is a tomb, for it contains the bones of martyrs. The Cross surmounts it. The Cross points it out as it points out tombs. The corporal that envelops the Sacred Host is another winding-sheet. When the priest vests for the Sacrifice, he puts on the insignia of death. All the sacred vestments are ornamented with crosses. He carries the sacred emblem on his breast and on his back. Always death, always the Cross. Such is the state of the Eucharist considered in Itself.

 

 

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