Sunday Eucharist

The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist (sometimes called the "love feast" in the early church) is considered an exemplary model of the communion that all people are meant to experience not only with God but also with each other. One of the Eastern fathers of the church, Saint John Chrysostom (ca. 347-407), insisted that just as all Christians participate equally in the Eucharist of Christ, they should work for the equal sharing of all worldly goods. In a similar spirit the Catholic philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-62) is reported to have invited poor people into his house for a meal when he was too sick to attend the Eucharist in church.

Family and friends receive the Eucharist from the priest at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hialeah, Florida, where they have gathered for a special mass on the day of a teen girl's Quince AƱos, a traditional Hispanic coming-of-age celebration of a girl's 15th birthday.

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