One Consecration of the Eucharist

Whenever a priest or Bishop consecrates the Eucharist, it is really Jesus Christ who consecrates the Eucharist. But Jesus does not consecrate the Eucharist again and again. Jesus Christ consecrated the Eucharist only once, at the Last Supper. Jesus Christ is God and God is beyond Time. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ consecrated the Eucharist in a way which is both beyond Time and Place, and effective throughout Time and Place — wherever and whenever a Mass is celebrated. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ consecrated the Eucharist once for all. That One Act of consecration had the effect of consecrating all Eucharist’s throughout Time and Place. All other consecrations of the Eucharist, anywhere and anywhen, are simply that One Consecration effective throughout Time and Place.

“All the communions of a life-time are one communion. All the communions of all men now living are one communion. All the communions of all men, past and future, are one communion.” [Teilhard de Chardin, Le Milieu Divin, p. 124]

All the consecrations of the Eucharist, throughout Time and Place, are One Consecration. All the Masses, throughout Time and Place, are One Mass.

The One Mass is the Mass at the Last Supper, celebrated by Jesus Christ. Every Mass is the Mass of the Last Supper, not by imitation or repetition, but by the timeless grace and power of God. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ celebrated the Mass, once for all Time, and consecrated the Eucharist, once for all Time. Every other Mass and consecration of the Eucharist is that same Mass and consecration of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Just as Jesus Christ suffered and died once for all Time and Place, so also did He celebrate the Mass and consecrate the Eucharist once for all Time and Place.

Whenever we attend Mass today, that Mass is truly the Mass of the Last Supper, celebrated by Jesus Christ. Any consecration of the Eucharist, by any priest or bishop who celebrates a Mass today, is truly that one same consecration of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. Time is no obstacle to God. Would you like to attend the Mass of the Last Supper and receive the Eucharist consecrated by Jesus Christ? When you attend the Sacred Mass on any day of your life, you are truly attending the Mass of the Last Supper, not merely symbolically, but just as if you were at the Last Supper itself, on the night before Christ died for our salvation.

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6 Responses to One Consecration of the Eucharist

  1. stefano says:

    Hi Ron,
    I agree that there is only one Eucharist, as there is only one body of Christ and therefore only one communion; hence, you rightly say that every Eucharist is the same body of Christ that was broken and given to the Apostles at the last supper.
    However, how can you say that there is only one consecration? What is then the purpose of the Holy Mass?
    It seems to me that the expression “consecration of the Eucharist” may lead into confusion: it is the bread and wine that are being consecrated, not the Eucharist.
    I am certain that this is not what you really mean, but if you accept the idea of a one and only consecration until the end of time, you open to the consequence that the bread and wine may be just symbols.
    Thank you and Happy Easter

    • Ron Conte says:

      When Jesus consecrated the Eucharist at the Last Supper, He consecrated every future Eucharist, because God is unlimited by time and place. So all the future consecrations by priests have their power from that one consecration by Christ.

  2. ivpiano says:

    I though the priests would consecrate by virtue of their own consecration in force of which they became alter Christus.
    Anyway, the question remains: don’t you see the risk in your doctrin of an assimilation of the bread and wine to mere symbols? If not, can you please explain why in rigorous terms?
    Thank you,

    • Ron Conte says:

      The priest consecrates bread and wine, and they become the Eucharist, Christ himself under the appearances of bread and wine. There is a real consecration at each Mass, but it’s power is from the consecration at the Last Supper. All consecrations are one consecration, just as all Eucharistic hosts are one Christ.

    • ivpiano says:

      Thank you, it is much clearer now.
      Following on my previous objection, another possible misconception is that one might be induced in error, thinking that if the worst comes to the worst, we might even do without priests.

  3. When the priest consecrates the bread and wine, he acts in persona-Christi. It is Christ who, from that Last Supper, consecrates through the priest so when the priest is saying “This is my Body” during the consecration, the priest is not saying that that the bread is the body of the priest, but of Jesus Christ. Jesus, through the priest, says “This is My Body” (from that one Last Supper); therefore the bread becomes the Body of Christ. The transubstantiation occurs as taught by the Council of Trent.

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