A-Z of the Mass: Transubstantiation
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church §1380 it is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which he loved us to the end, even to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us. As the Welsh poet David Jones put it, ‘he placed himself in the order of signs’. He remains with us under signs that express and communicate His love, and does so particularly in what Catholics call the sacratissimum, the most holy sacrament.