I understand that Christ is present in the Eucharist and that through the Eucharist the work of saving man is continued. Christ is risen and he is not dead in the Eucharist. So when we proclaim the death of the Lord, we are proclaiming the sacrifice of the Eucharist (Christ’s Crucifixion)? What does the “until he comes” mean? When Christ comes back, is it no longer necessary to have the Eucharist?
Christ had died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Nope, there is no need for sacraments once he comes again.
1123 “The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it. That is why they are called ‘sacraments of faith.’”
1130 The Church celebrates the mystery of her Lord “until he comes,” when God will be "everything to everyone."53 Since the apostolic age the liturgy has been drawn toward its goal by the Spirit’s groaning in the Church: Marana tha!54 The liturgy thus shares in Jesus’ desire: "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you . . . until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."55 In the sacraments of Christ the Church already receives the guarantee of her inheritance and even now shares in everlasting life, while "awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus."56 The "Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come . . . Come, Lord Jesus!’"57
St. Thomas sums up the various aspects of sacramental signs: "Therefore a sacrament is a sign that commemorates what precedes it - Christ’s Passion; demonstrates what is accomplished in us through Christ’s Passion - grace; and prefigures what that Passion pledges to us - future glory."58
You won’t need faith anymore when you’re in the presence of Christ.
So, proclaiming the death of the Lord is proclaiming the sacrifice of the Lord. In the Eucharist that sacrifice is brought back and proclaimed for our salvation.
In the Eucharist we are taken back so that we are present at the foot of Calvary, although we can only see Him through the veil of a Sacrament. When He comes again, that veil will be useless as we will see Him face to face. In short, none of the Sacraments exist in Heaven because we won’t need them then, we’ll already be there!
We are proclaiming, or showing forth, the death of the Lord when we celebrate (and partake of) the Eucharist. Here’s how I explain it in my book:
The words of this prayer are almost directly out of St. Paul’s letter: “As often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Cor. 11:26) This means that the very action of consecrating the Eucharist and receiving Holy Communion is a sign of the death of the Lord; the Church recognizes that this sign, called a sacrament, makes present the mystery being signified. In the language of the Catechism, “The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit.” (Catechism 1366)
The separate consecration of the bread and the wine is a sign of the true death of Jesus Christ: His blood was separated from His body. He gave up His body for us, and poured out His blood for the remission of sins. That, in itself, announces the death of the Lord. When we go a step further and actually consume His Body and Blood, we are fulfilling the command He gave at the Last Supper, because it is the sacrificial banquet in which we ratify our membership in the new covenant formed in Christ’s blood.
[RIGHT]Praying the Mass: The Prayers of the People, p. 124[/RIGHT]
Once the Lord returns, and the old earth and the old heavens pass away, and a new earth and a new heavens are created, there will be no more need of sacraments. Sacraments are outward (visible) signs of inward (invisible) graces: we speak of the “sacramental veil”, for instance, when we say that we receive Jesus under the forms or appearance or species of bread and wine. As St. Paul says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then [in Heaven] face to face.” (1 Cor. 13:12) In Heaven, there will be no sacramental veil, “for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2) There will no longer be a need for Jesus to be present under the forms of bread and wine; we will see Him in all His glory, the slain and living Lamb. (cf. Rev. 5:6)
(I should’ve included that paragraph in my book…)
This is why the Lady of Lourdes did not say the Creed with St. Bernadette: She no longer belived, she KNEW because she beholds the Holy Trinity face to face.
The Lady had no need to pray for her daily bread, the forgiveness of her sins, or for the will of God to be done, as she lives in the fullness of the Kingdom NOW.
The Lady certainly had no reason to salute herself, or declare herself “Blessed among women.”
On the other hand, she will glady glorify the Most Holy Trinity.