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Origins of the Eucharist: Sessions 1 - 3

Session 1: The Night of the Passover
Session 1 focuses on the first Passover when Moses delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. This night God sent the 10th plague, the killing of the first-born son so that Pharaoh would let the Israelites go. The Hebrew families were instructed to gather together with all they owned; they were instructed to be ready to go. However they would not be set free until they ate the Passover lamb. God instructed them to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and paint its blood on the doorposts of their houses.

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Session 2: The Institution of the Eucharist
The first Passover occurred around 1300 BC. Every year after that the Israelite people celebrated the Passover Feast. Mary and Joseph were from the Tribe of Judah, which was one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Because they were Israelites they celebrated the Passover with Jesus every year.

Session 3: The Eucharist
At the Last Supper Jesus offers his Body and Blood as the Paschal Lamb. He tells the apostles to continue this sacrifice in memory of him. Today in the Mass we continue to offer this sacrifice in memory of Christ. When we celebrate the Mass the consecrated bread and wine becomes the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. When we are in communion with Christ we are nourished with the sacramental grace that can transform our lives. We also become one with the Mystical Body of Christ, his Church. Through our union with Christ and his Church we are led to heaven.

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