Description: The Catholic Catechism opens up the mystery and the true magnificence of the Mass. It is both the sacrificial memorial that perpetuates the sacrifice of the Cross and the sacred banquet of communion with Our Lord's body and blood. The whole movement of the Eucharistic sacrifice is toward the faithful achieving union with Christ through reception of Holy Communion. The altar is both the altar of sacrifice and the table of the Lord. The Christian altar is a symbol of Christ. It represents, says St. Ambrose, "the body of Christ and the body of Christ is on the Altar. " Our Lord made it very clear how important it was for us to receive Him in the Eucharist. In John 6:53, He says, "Truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life within you." This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.