By: Atty. Aurora A. Santiago
The institution of the Eucharist started during the Last Supper. It was on the night when our Lord Jesus Christ shared one last meal with his disciples, the night before he was humiliated to suffer on the Cross. It was also during this meal that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Orders to perpetuate this sacrifice of his Body and Blood; to keep alive the Paschal Mystery - sacrifice of the Cross, his death and resurrection. The institution of the Eucharist, the First Mass, is the 5th in the Luminous Mystery of the Holy Rosary.
As the Gospel of Matthew tells us, Jesus eagerly desired to eat this Passover before he suffers: “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:26-28).