Considered as Sacrifice and as Communion, It is still death, and even in a more sensible manner.

The priest pronounces the sacramental words separately over the matter of the bread and The Divine Eucharist. separately over the wine, so that by the strict force of these words, the Body is separated from the Blood, and that is death. If death does not really take place, it is because the glorious and resuscitated state of Jesus Christ is opposed to it. He assumes, however, death as far as He can. He takes the state of death, and we behold Him as the Lamb immolated for us.

Thus it is that Jesus Christ, by His mystical death, continues the Sacrifice of the Cross, thereby renewed thousands of times for the sins of the world. In Communion, the Saviour’s death is consummated. The heart of the communicant becomes His tomb, for the Sacred Species dissolving under the action of natural heat, the sacramental state ceases. The Eucharistic Jesus lives no longer in us corporally; it is the death of the Sacrament, the consuming of the Holocaust. O glorious tomb in the heart of the just! Tomb of ignominy in the heart of the sinner! In the first, Our Lord, in losing His sacramental Being, leaves His Divinity, His Holy Spirit, and thereby a germ of resurrection; but in the guilty heart, Jesus does not survive, the end of the Eucharist is frustrated. Communion then becomes a profanation. It is an unjust and violent death inflicted on Our Lord, crucified by new executioners.

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