“From this moment, in our parish, it is only possible to receive communion in the mouth and on the knees. It cannot be otherwise.” He'd finally had it!
Jesus is really present in the Eucharist!
A video of a priest bursting into tears during Mass recently went viral on social media. The priest explains that he sobbed over irreverence for the Eucharist.
The priest’s name and location is unknown. However, he moved hundreds of thousands of faithful.
The priest expresses his great sadness and describes what he considers irreverence before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Although he does not explicitly reveal the exact act of irreverence, he implies that it is the unworthy treatment of the Eucharist upon reception of communion.
(I can't format the Facebook video, but it can be viewed here.)
The video begins with the priest’s back turned away from the camera. He then bends over and sobs. A few moments later, he speaks to the faithful from the ambo.
“There are things that sometimes cannot be explained,” he begins. “What happens is that it hurts a lot when the Lord allows us to share or see certain things.”
“From this moment, in our parish, it is only possible to receive communion in the mouth and on the knees. It cannot be otherwise.”
“Christ is alive. He is among us, and it hurts a lot–not only when one does not receive communion, because it is a very great pain for Him, but when one receives and is unaware of who he receives.”
“And when [Jesus] is received as if one were receiving any food—as if one were not believed in His presence, [the Eucharist] is very much alive. And if I told you to receive this way, be careful…even if it is a small particle–the tiniest–He is there.”
“That is why the greatest possible care must always be taken,” he concludes.
Catholic Church teaching on Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that, “the mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as ‘the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.'”
“In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist, ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’
“This presence is called ‘real’ – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.” (CCC 1374)
“The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.” (CCC 1377)
“To respond to this invitation, we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment.
“St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: ‘Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.’
“Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.” (CCC 1385)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!