Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why "Host?"

Why do we call Holy Communion a “host?”  What does the word “host” mean here?

"Host” comes from the Latin word for “Victim” (hostia).  There’s even a Latin Hymn about the Eucharist called “O Salutaris Hostia” which means “O Saving Victim.”  Why would we use the word “victim” to describe Holy Communion?  Because the Mass is a sacrifice.