Holy Eucharist

All practicing Catholics are encouraged attend Mass and receive the Eucharist regularly if they are of proper disposition, according to the Guidelines for the Reception of Communion.

For shut-ins, please contact the Rectory at 703-525-1300 so that an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist can bring the Eucharist to the confined person.

About the Eucharist

When Jesus instituted the Eucharist he gave a final meaning to the blessing of the bread and the wine and the sacrifice of the lamb. The Gospels narrate events that anticipated the Eucharist. The miracle of the loaves and fish, reported in all four Gospels, prefigured the unique abundance of the Eucharist.

The miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana manifested the divine glory of Jesus and the heavenly wedding feast in which we share at every Eucharist.In his dialogue with the people at Capernaum, Christ used his miracle of multiplying the loaves of bread as the occasion to describe himself as the Bread of Life: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. . . Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (Jn 6:51, 53). — From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults