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The celebration of the Eucharist as a paschal meal. It implies that the faithful in good dispositions should answer to the Lord's command by receiving his body and blood as their spiritual nourishment. They are prepared for the Communion and thank him afterward in a series of liturgical rites, beginning with the Lord's Prayer and ending with the Post-Communion.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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