Are we the Body of Christ in the Eucharist?

Our Deacon said that the consecrated host contains all of us as the Body of Christ, as well as the Lord. This does not sit well with my sensus fideium. Is this correct theology?

Dear Verity,

While it is correct to say that all baptized Christians are a part of Christ’s Mystical Body, it is a serious error to suggest that we are sacramentally present in the Eucharist. This seems to be a fad that is making the rounds by some of the clergy who should know better.

In his Encyclical, “Mysterium Fidei,” Pope Paul VI states:

"45. The Council of Trent, basing itself on this faith of the Church, “openly and sincerely professes that after the consecration of the bread and wine, Our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and man, is really, truly and substantially contained in the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist under the outward appearances of sensible things.” And so Our Savior is present in His humanity not only in His natural manner of existence at the right hand of the Father, but also at the same time in the sacrament of the Eucharist “in a manner of existing that we can hardly express in words but that our minds, illumined by faith, can come to see as possible to God and that we must most firmly believe.” (49)

For more, see:

The Eucharist becomes the Body and Blood of Christ which was sacrificed on Calvary and is now glorified… We did not suffer and die on Calvary. We are beneficiaries of Calvary. We RECEIVE the Eucharist. We ARE NOT the Eucharist!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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