Monstrance for Eucharistic Devotion

Why Is the Eucharist Important?

The bishops of the United States created a three-year plan to revive and foster Eucharistic devotion and adoration in dioceses, parishes, and the hearts of the faithful. Believing in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist—that the bread and wine at Mass is truly transformed into Christ—is what makes Catholics different from other Christians.

So why does the Church teach that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of the Christian life? These books and free resources from Ave Maria Press can help parishes, small groups, students, teachers, and individuals raise the understanding of this important doctrine so that the Church can heal, grow, and thrive as we renew devotion to the Holy Eucharist.  

Meeting the Hidden Christ in Things We See, Say, and Do at Mass

Embark on a transformative journey into the heart of Eucharistic worship with Behold, Believe, Become—where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the Mass becomes a soul-saving, life-changing encounter with Christ, our Eucharistic Lord.

Join Timothy P. O’Malley, a distinguished leader in the Eucharistic Revival movement and bestselling author of Becoming Eucharistic People and Real Presence, shows you how to see differently—through newly formed habits of contemplation—fifteen ordinary, physical things that the Church uses at Mass to point us toward Christ. You will explore layers of meaning found in noble doors and stained-glass windows, sunlight and water, oil and fire, altars and church pews, and bread and wine become Body and Blood. O’Malley helps you see how each element tells us something about who Christ is and who we are to become as Christian people. Includes FREE companion videos from Deacon Jason and Rachel Bulman for each chapter.


The Guide for Eucharistic Adoration

Come and immerse yourself in the timeless devotion to the Body and Blood of Christ with The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration

For centuries, Catholics have practiced the devotion of spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, honoring Christ's presence in the Eucharist. This stunning book offers a rich array of prayers, devotions, meditations, and Church teachings to guide you during your quiet time with the Lord.

Whether you have just a few moments or an entire holy hour, The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration is a wonderful companion for your devotional practice. Featuring elegant, vintage lithographs and engravings presented in a contemporary design, this book is a testament to the beauty and grace of the Eucharist. The pages of this devotional will lead you to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.


Bring the Eucharist into Parish Life

We can’t just talk about Christ’s presence in the Eucharist; we have to believe it, celebrate it, and live it both individually and as a community of the faithful. And we must cultivate a culture in our parishes that treats Real Presence not only as an important Catholic doctrine but also as the most important part of parish identity.

In Becoming Eucharistic People, Timothy P. O'Malley demonstrates how we can reflect Christ's Real Presence to those around us. This helps create sacred spaces in our parishes that allow people to experience a deeper connection to God and to their neighbors.


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What Does Real Presence Mean and Why Does It Matter?

Many Catholics don’t believe that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. Rather, they see the bread and wine of Holy Communion as mere symbols of Christ’s body and blood. Is that disbelief just a misunderstanding or is it a blatant rejection of one of the central beliefs of the faith?

In Real Presence, Timothy P. O’Malley clears up the confusion about the Eucharist and shows you how to learn to love God and neighbor through a deeper understanding of the doctrine of Real Presence.


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FREE Podcasts, Articles, and Videos

 “If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.”
—St. Maximillian Kolbe

Catholics believe the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. But, what does this mean? How does it affect our lives?

This season of Ave Explores will consider the mystery of the Eucharist, how it heals and changes us, and what it means to welcome the Eucharistic Lord into our hearts, homes, and neighborhoods.

Join host Katie Prejean McGrady and special guests including Fr. Craig Vasek, Sr. Alicia Torres, FE, Joel Stepanek, Heather and Jake Khym, Kathryn and Scott Whitaker, Timothy P. O’Malley, and eight priests who are preachers on behalf of the National Eucharistic Congress as they explore the mystery, meaning, and majesty of the Christ’s Real Presence.


“If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.”
— St. John Vianney 


Each week, Catholics all over the world fill the pews of their parishes to listen to the Word of God and receive the Eucharist. Even though we are present and participate in the Mass, we may not be fully aware of why the sacred liturgy is the most important act of worship we do as Catholics.

In Ave Explores: The Mass you will learn about the history and structure of the liturgy, how to combat distractions during the service, ways to be a more active participant in the homily, and how the Mass can transform your life.

Join Katie Prejean McGrady and special guests—including Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP; Deacon Greg Kandra; Timothy P. O’Malley and Susan M. Timoney; Shannon Wimp Schmidt; and Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran—for a look at the riches of Catholic worship.


What Is the Eucharist?

And Other Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Eucharist?

The Liturgy of the Eucharist is a key event in the Catholic Mass where the bread and wine become the Real Presence of Jesus Christ's Body and Blood. This transformation is made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit and the priest's consecration.

“The Eucharist, as Pope Benedict XVI teaches in Sacramentum Caritatis (The Sacrament of Charity), is a mystery to be believed, celebrated, and lived. The mystery of the Eucharist is living, which means that every dimension of human life should find a place within it” (Real Presence, p. xxvi).


What is transubstantiation?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church cites the 16th-century Council of Trent, explaining that “by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation” (CCC 1376).

“Transubstantiation is a doctrine linked to the pursuit of Christian holiness not through escaping temporality but dwelling in, with, and through time as we learn to adore the presence of Christ in the Eucharist,” as well as “to experience the here and now of this sacrificial presence of our Lord, and to delight in the foretaste of eternal life that is the final end of Eucharistic communion” (Real Presence, pp. 63–64).


Where does the Bible mention the Eucharist?

The Bible mentions the Eucharist in several Gospel passages. These include Matthew 26:26–30, Mark 14:22–26, and Luke 22:14–20. It is also mentioned in the Bread of Life discourse of John 6:22–59.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church specifically cites Matthew. 26:26, Mark 14:22, and Luke 22:19 in its paragraph on transubstantiation (CCC 1376).


What are Eucharistic miracles?

“The Eucharistic doctor par excellence St. Thomas Aquinas argues that Eucharistic miracles (bleeding hosts, the appearance of a child during the consecration) are secondary miracles meant to lead the doubting Christian to express faith in the Eucharist presence of Christ” (Real Presence, p. 5).

A Eucharistic miracle is a type of private revelation that involves the Eucharist (Diocese of Corpus Christi website). The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “it is not [private revelation’s] role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history” (CCC 67).

Why does the Eucharist matter?

The Eucharist matters because it “is an encounter with the person of Christ,” and “love of neighbor is always grounded in that Eucharistic encounter with Christ the Beloved, the person who longs to unite himself with the human heart in communion” (Real Presence, pp. 95 and 108).


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