The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ (CCC 1324). It’s importance and centrality to the Catholic Faith cannot be overstated. When the Council of Trent defined the meaning of the Eucharist, it declared that “the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore the whole Christ, is truly, really and substantially contained in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.”
But this mystery is under the “accidents’ or appearance of bread, the work of human hands. What could be a worthy vessel for Our Lord and what are the requirements?
The General Instruction Of The Roman Missal #320 states: “The bread for celebrating the Eucharist must be made only from wheat, must be recently made, and, according to the ancient tradition of the Latin Church, must be unleavened.
In this video, you can see how Comunion Bread is made by Passionist Nuns:
And if you ever feel so inclined to try baking Communion Wafers at home, here is a recipe form the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
The following recipes fulfill the requirements of the Church for eucharistic bread. These breads are easily broken with very few crumbs. Nine inch round breads are recommended for Sunday Mass.
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup unbleached white flour
1 ¼ cups warm water.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead very well for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and pliable.
Roll the dough out into the desired size and shape, to about ¼ inch thick. Prick around the edge to help prevent the formation of air bubbles. No need to score.
Bake on a not-stick-baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for about 16-17 minutes depending on the size of the breads. Two 9-inch rounds can be obtained from this recipe. Cool and wrap in plastic or foil, or put in a baggie. The bread may then be frozen or refrigerated until needed.