AmericanCatholic.org
 
Skip Navigation Links
Home
Catholic News
Saints
Seasonal
Special Reports
Movies
Shopping
Donate
Share:
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
LinkedIn
Email
RSS Feeds
Daily Catholic Question

Why does the priest break the Host at Mass and place a piece in the chalice?

While doing this the priest says, “May this mingling of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.” This action is all that remains of a custom from centuries ago when it was possible for the local bishop to send part of the consecrated Host from his Mass to nearby communities celebrating Mass.

The particle was a reminder of the Church’s unity with the local bishop. This gesture reminded everyone that all of them were celebrating the same Eucharist. Every Eucharistic Prayer has a section acknowledging that each Mass is celebrated in union with the pope, the local bishop, and the Church throughout the world.

Click here for the rest of today's answer

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Daily Catholic Question for 6/14/2013 Daily Catholic Question for 6/16/2013


Pope Urban V: In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another person among them for that important office, they turned to a relative stranger: the holy person we honor today. 
<p>The new Pope Urban V proved a wise choice. A Benedictine monk and canon lawyer, he was deeply spiritual and brilliant. He lived simply and modestly, which did not always earn him friends among clergymen who had become used to comfort and privilege. Still, he pressed for reform and saw to the restoration of churches and monasteries. Except for a brief period he spent most of his eight years as pope living away from Rome at Avignon, seat of the papacy from 1309 until shortly after his death.
</p><p>He came close but was not able to achieve one of his biggest goals—reuniting the Eastern and Western churches.
</p><p>As pope, Urban continued to follow the Benedictine Rule. Shortly before his death in 1370 he asked to be moved from the papal palace to the nearby home of his brother so he could say goodbye to the ordinary people he had so often helped.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus does not demand great actions from us but simply surrender and gratitude.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Readable and practical

Develop a deeper understanding of what evangelization means to Catholics today!

Life After Death
Elizabeth Bookser Barkley leads the grieving forward with a compassionate hand.
June 13th: The Feast of St. Anthony
Learn about St. Anthony's life, legends about him, and devotions to him.
The Good Life

Learn the cardinal and theological virtues: the roadmap to the good life.

Be Holy

Be Holy is the guide you need to achieve holiness now and heaven later.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Father's Day
Happy Father’s Day from Catholic Greetings and AmericanCatholic.org!
Encouragement
Offer a message of encouragement today to a friend or family member.
St. Anthony of Padua
This beloved Franciscan saint is most often pictured with the Christ Child in his arms.
Father's Day
Send an e-card today to make arrangements to celebrate your father, husband, or brother this weekend.
New Baby
Catholic Greetings helps you welcome that special new member of the human family.



Come find us at: Facebook | St. Anthony Messenger magazine Twitter | American Catholic YouTube | American Catholic


An AmericanCatholic.org Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright © 1996 - 2014