The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. Holy Communion is the act of receiving the real presence of Jesus Christ's body and blood, transubstantiated from the bread and wine during Mass. After the substance of bread and wine are changed into His Body and Blood, the accidents -- the appearance, taste, texture of bread and wine -- remain, but what looks like "bread" and "wine" are, in substance, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.