Chapter 9: Do this in memory of me

In this chapter, we look at The Last Supper and how the Passover feast changed into the Eucharist. We consider how Jesus gives us the gift of His life in Holy Communion.

We reflect on how a good meal can change us for the better – we need food and drink to nourish and sustain our bodies, but Holy Communion nourishes and sustains our inner life of faith (we need to be strong in our “body and soul”).

Meals are also connected to remembering special moments – we think about the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and remember how it was a meal connected to (or remembering) the Jewish festival of Passover.

The most important thing is to ensure that your child understands that when they receive Jesus in Holy Communion (the Eucharist) that they are receiving LOVE. Also, that there is change, the obvious one being the bread and wine, but we also change, the Eucharist give us inner strength to face life with Jesus’ power and love inside us.

Keywords in this chapter are: the Passover, the Last Supper, the Eucharist, the Eucharistic Prayer, the Host, the Sign of Peace.

Remember to do the online quiz (one for each chapter) – reading through the chapter and completing the quiz are the two things that must be completed, everything else is optional and there to support you if required.

Some questions to ask

Most of these are open ended and should be used to help your child explore these ideas/their feelings:

Q. What is the Passover?
A. This is the special meal, celebrated by the people of God, to remember God rescuing the people from slavery and bringing them to freedom. During the first Passover, lamb was offered to God.

Q. What is the Last Supper?
A. It was a Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples the night before he died. He changed the meaning of the Passover feast into the Eucharist – where he offered his life to us, as the new and perfect Lamb of God.

Q. Describe a special meal you remember.
A. A chance to share memories and for your child to recall what they ate, drank or talked about and to describe who was there and what made it so special. Encourage your child to make the connection between a good meal and the change it can bring about in us.

Q. When we receive the life of Jesus in Holy Communion, he is giving us his LOVE. What do you think Jesus’ love gives us the strength to do?
A. A variety of answers could be given here. Receiving Jesus’ love in Holy Communion gives us the strength to be more loving towards others, to be more giving, more understanding and to live as Jesus wants us to live.

The Readings

Old Testament Reading:

The Passover

There is no specific passage to read here, as the Passover is described over several chapters in the Book of Exodus. However, the key here is to go over what the Passover meal was – on page 98. It is about the connection between the Passover, the Last Supper, The Eucharist and (Calvary).

New Testament Reading:

The Last Supper

Again, there is no passage as such to read here. Even though he was about to be betrayed Jesus was full of love at The Last Supper. Jesus took the most important Jewish celebration and changed it into something new. Jesus changes the meaning of the meal, by explaining that from now it is a Eucharist; that is, a thanksgiving for the life of Jesus, which he will give up for us all on the cross. In this way, he creates a new covenant between God and us. By saying to his disciples that the bread is HIS body and HIS blood, he is identifying himself as the new and perfect Lamb of God – fulfilling his mission to save us all from our sin.

Suggested Activities

After you have gone through the chapter and completed the quiz you may consider doing some of the following:

  • Talk together as a family about special moments that you remember as a family each year e.g. special meals such as Christmas, birthdays and remember those that are no longer with us.
  • Listen out for the Lamb of God prayer when you next attend/watch Mass.
  • Talk about Easter and Maundy Thursday – 1 April when we remember The Last Supper at Mass.

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"Do this in memory of me"
"Do this in memory of me"

Chapter Ten: The Body of Christ

In this chapter we are looking at the words the priest says as he distributes the host and the chalice – “The Body of Christ” and “The Blood of Christ” and how Christ is present in the bread and the wine. Talk about the transformation that takes place, during the Consecration of the bread and wine at Mass.

Link this to Easter and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, to bring new life – and how he gives himself to us, his disciples today, under the appearance of bread and wine. We think about how Christ is present in the bread and wine.

Keywords in this chapter are: Consecration, Body of Christ, Blessed Sacrament, Tabernacle, Sanctuary Light, Good Friday, Easter Sunday (see the chapters 9 and 10 keywords sheet)

Remember to do the online quiz (one for each chapter) – reading through the chapter and completing the quiz are the two things that must be completed, everything else is optional and there to support you if required.

Some questions to ask

Most of these are open ended and should be used to help your child explore these ideas/their feelings:

Q. What happened on Good Friday and Easter Sunday?
A. Good Friday is the day that Jesus dies on the cross. Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus rose again from the dead.

Q. Who does Jesus appear to after he has risen from the dead?
A. Mary from Magdala and the two friends on their way to Emmaus.

Q. What happens at the Consecration during Mass?
A. The Priest says the words spoken by Jesus and lifts the host. The chalice and the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Jesus.

Q. What should we say when we receive Holy Communion?
A. Amen

Q. Why might we recognise Jesus when we hear the words he said, spoken by the priest, at Mass and when we receive Holy Communion?
A. Your child may be able to make a link here with the friends going to Emmaus, who recognised him in the sharing of a meal with Jesus. Or they may link to the Last Supper, as the words of the priest echoes the words said by Jesus asking us to do this to remember him.

Q. Why might we try to be quiet after receiving communion and what might we want to say to Jesus?
A. Answers could include that we might try and be quiet to take in that special moment. We might also want to give space for God to speak in our hearts in the silence. A quiet moment can also help us feel peaceful. We might want to thank Jesus for giving us his life.

The Readings

New Testament Readings:

Mary meeting the Risen Jesus and the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus – These two stories have been chosen to illustrate the fact that Jesus looked different because of his resurrection (continuing our theme in this chapter of changes in outer or inner appearances). Death no longer has any effect on Jesus’ body. The fact that he is only recognised by the disciples going to Emmaus at the breaking of bread is significant.

NB Believing is not the same as having all the answers! Belief requires faith, which allows for mystery and wonder to be a part of our relationship with God.

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Children receiving Holy Communion
Children receiving Holy Communion

Suggested Activities

  • Talk about the day they will make their First Holy Communion, who will be there and how special the day will be.
  • Ask your child to spot the part of the Mass where the Consecration takes place.Practise saying the Children’s Prayer, which is inside the front cover of their book, they will be saying this on the day.
  • Talk about how they will take the host and the wine. Reassure them they will get chance to practise before the big day.