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Source and Summit of Ecclesial Life
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."

The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the chuch is kepp in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to

the Father in the Holy Spirit."
Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.
In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: "Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.
First Eucharist
This sacrament is generally celebrated in the second grade. Eucharist means giving thanks. It is an active, participative event in the lives of children and their families. The actions of belonging, gathering, listening, celebrating, giving and going forth are stressed in the context of the Mass throughout preparation for First Eucharist.
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