Transubstantiation is the doctrine that if a validly
ordained Catholic priest consecrates bread and wine,
then Jesus Christ is literally present -- body, blood,
soul, and divinity -- in every crumb of consecrated
bread and every drop of consecrated wine. This is the
official doctrine of the Catholic Church. It is clearly
stated in the "Catechism of the Catholic Church."
Catholics call this "the Eucharist" or "holy communion."
They speak about the "real presence" of Christ in the
bread and wine. Things relating to it are called
"eucharistic." A consecrated communion wafer is called
a "host." Hosts that are left over after Mass are kept in
a tabernacle, (a large, ornate container that can be
locked). When hosts are in the tabernacle, a candle is
lit. This enables Catholics to know that consecrated
hosts are inside, so they can kneel and pray in front of
the tabernacle as a form of eucharistic devotion. The
tabernacle also protects the hosts by making it difficult
to steal them.
There is a special
mass called the "Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament." A
large consecrated host is put in a monstrance. (This
is a large, ornate, metal container, in the basic shape
of a daisy with a stem, plus a base so that it can stand
up.) The monstrance looks like it is made of gold. It
has a circular chamber in the middle which holds a large,
round host. The front of the chamber is glass, so you
can see the host. Visually it looks like golden rays are
coming out of the host.
The priest places the monstrance on the altar for everyone to
worship the host, believing it is Jesus but actually it is the false catholic christ that Paul warns us about.
II Corinthians 11:4 For if anyone comes preaching another Jesus from the one whose preachers we are, or if you have got a different spirit, or a different sort of good news from those which came to you, how well you put up with these things.
Galatians 1:6 I wonder that you are so quickly turning back from the One having called you by the grace of Christ to another gospel,
Galatians 1:7 which is not another; only there are some troubling you, even determined to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel out of Heaven, should preach a gospel to you beside the gospel we preached to you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:9 As we have said before, and now I say again, If anyone preaches a gospel beside what you received, let him be accursed.