Throwback Thursday: Showing proper respect to the Jesus wafer

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on July 13, 2016 and has been revised.

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Evangelicals go to church to worship the Lord with fellow believers through prayer, song, and instruction in the Word. The Lord is present with us spiritually as we worship Him together.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20

Roman Catholics go to their churches on Sunday for a quite a different reason. Catholics are taught by their church that priests change bread wafers and wine into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. The priest then offers up the Jesus wafers to God the Father as a sacrifice for sins. Catholics then line up to receive and consume the Jesus wafer. They are taught that after they take the wafer into their mouth and swallow it, that Jesus is physically inside of them for 15 minutes until the stomach acids completely break down the bread wafer. During those fifteen minutes, the Jesus wafer allegedly imparts graces to the individual so that they are better able to avoid committing mortal sins. Catholics are taught they must perfectly obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!) in order to merit Heaven. Minor venial sins will sidetrack them to Purgatory for an indefinite period. After all the supplicants have received their Jesus wafer, the priest places the “leftover” Jesuses in a locked box called the tabernacle, situated on or near church altars.

Today, I was listening to the 6/9/16 podcast of  the “Calling All Catholics” talk radio show on the Station of the Cross, 101.7 FM, out of Buffalo, NY, with host, Steve Quebral, and Catholic priest, Rick Poblocki, taking questions from the listeners. Steve started off the show by complaining that Catholics often don’t show proper respect to the Jesus wafer while they’re in church and he asked Rick to review the rules of proper Jesus wafer etiquette.

Priest Rick broke it down into three basic steps:

  1. Catholic must enter the church quietly, respectfully, and reverently. Rick remarked that the Jesus wafer is “resting” in the tabernacle and Catholics must acknowledge “his” presence with the proper respect.
  2. Before entering their pew, a Catholic must look at the tabernacle and genuflect, bending the right knee (according to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal) to the ground, in homage to the Jesus wafer.
  3. While they are sitting, kneeling, and standing in the pew during the mass, the Catholic should focus their attention on the Jesus wafers in the tabernacle and the Jesus wafers newly consecrated by the priest.

Those are the basics. For more detailed instructions on proper Jesus wafer and mass etiquette see the pdf below:

Click to access Catholic%20Mass%20Etiquette,%20I,II,III.pdf

Catholic friend, Jesus is not a bread wafer and He’s not locked away in a little box. The Bible says He’s currently seated at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for all who accept Him as Savior by faith alone. Man-made religious rituals and long religious laundry lists don’t save. God made His Good News of salvation so simple that even a ten-year-old child can understand it. There is no distinction between “mortal” sin and “venial” sin. Sin is sin and we’re all sinners – sinners deserve eternal punishment – Jesus Christ, God the Son, paid the penalty for our sins on the cross – Jesus rose from the grave, defeating sin and death and offers the gift of eternal life and fellowship with God to all those who repent of their sinful rebellion against God and receive Him as Savior by faith alone. We don’t need priests, altars, and daily sacrifices anymore. Jesus did it all! Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today and ask Him to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s Word without compromise.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” – Matthew 24:23-27

15 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Showing proper respect to the Jesus wafer

    1. Thanks, David! I think many Christians are under the impression that the RCC’s teachings are “close enough,” albeit with some quirks. But a close examination reveals that the RCC actually teaches a “different gospel.”

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    2. Having been to my mother-in-law’s funeral this week (which was pretty traumatic) I witnessed all of this idolatry and hypocrisy first hand. Afterwards I noticed the elderly priest looking at his phone. He made an announcement that he wouldn’t be attending the graveside – Covid news had come through… I got an opportunity to read a poem I’d written to those assembled at the graveside. To God be the glory! One sacrifice for sins for ever erases the need for priests, altars and daily sacrifices!

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      1. Funeral services for loved ones are so difficult and more so when the RCC’s rituals are included. Glad you were able to witness for Jesus Christ!

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  1. “leftover Jesuses” “Jesus wafer is resting” … Again I say this made me laugh although I fully know this is no laughing matter. This post is so very well written and clearly shows this absurdity of Roman Catholic teaching. We former Roman Catholics have to keep on proclaiming the truth!

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    1. Thank you, sister, and all praise to Jesus Christ our Savior Who freed us from this ludicrous works-righteousness religion with its absurd and anti-Biblical “mass etiquette” and other spiritual poisons.

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  2. Where did they ever get 15 minutes in the stomach is Jesus’ presence…not from Scripture.
    And then there’s more rules like the kneeling! I doubt many ecumenically friendly Evangelicals know the details of RC such as this…ironically many Evangelicals would say one is being a “Pharisee” to point out these problems, rathe than the actual Pharisees practicing this

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    1. Yes, it’s sadly comical that somebody within the RCC arbitrarily mandated that the Jesus wafer remained efficacious for not 14 minutes, not 16, but 15. So silly.
      Your comment about ecumenical evangelicals viewing critics of RC-ism as Pharisaical fundamentalists is 🎯 while Catholics practice blatant legalistic works religion like this idolatrous Jesus wafer and mass etiquette.

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      1. “ while Catholics practice blatant legalistic works religion like this idolatrous Jesus wafer and mass etiquette.” Somehow Big Eva and water down evangelicals lost priority…

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