At the centre of the Catholic Faith is the Holy Mass, also known as the Eucharist. 
At Mass we profess our faith in Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The Church believes that the risen Jesus is fully and truly present in the Eucharist and at every Mass. Thus, the Eucharistic celebration is the central act of worship and communal prayer for all the faithful of Christ in the Church.

In our Sunday Gospel (John 1:29:34), John the Baptist sees and identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. In the Jewish religion, Lambs were sacrificed in expiation for sin.  This is seen in the Passover and the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.  The blood of the lamb was sprinkled on lintel and door to save those who dwelt therein. And on that night of destruction, the Hebrews in Egypt were saved by the blood of the Lamb (Exodus 12:11-14; 29:38).

In the new Passover, Jesus Christ is the one sacrificed on the cross and his blood spilled in atonement for the sin of humanity.  Jesus is the victim, the altar and the high priest, who has offered himself once as the supreme sacrifice to the Creator, he died on the cross to save us. Hence, Jesus replaces all the previous religious sacrifices. The Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, an essential spiritual food and drink, meant to provide spiritual nourishment for the souls and the bodies of all believers who worthily received it.  Moreover, the Eucharist is the self-sacrifice of Jesus on the cross who still today gives himself faithfully and ceaselessly to the Creator on our behalf as the true Lamb that takes away the sins of the world (Heb 7:25, 9:24). At Mass we come in humility and faith to handover to him our guilt and shame, sinfulness and weakness. Although we are unworthy, yet we are happy that our merciful and compassionate Lord has called us to his banquet. Like John the Baptist, we are called to be witnesses of Christ and this great mystery of our redemption.

Fr Francis, MSP

St Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Nunhead
81 Evelina Road, 
Nunhead, SE15 3HL
Tel: 020 7639 3724
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Parish Priest:
Revd Fr Francis Eyo, MSP

Priest In Residence:
Revd Fr Joseph Etim, MSP

Rev Alan Bond

Religious Congregation: 
Sisters of Christian Instruction
Faithful Companions of Jesus

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