Host


In the religious context, a piece of bread in the shape of a circle, made of unleavened wheat flour, which is offered in the Christian liturgy or mass as a sign of offering, is called a Host. Once the host is consecrated during mass, it becomes the body of Christ. It is said that this type of bread originates from the Jewish people, who made it and consumed it during the Easter festivities.

The material with which the host is made is wheat which is reduced to flour and dissolved in water, once the dough is made, it is spread between two hot plates, which allows the evaporation of liquids. In this way, super thin sheets of bread are obtained, to finish they are cut with special molds.

During the celebration of the Eucharist, the priest proceeds to consecrate the bread and wine, which according to Christian doctrine represent the body and blood of God. Catholics faithfully believe in transubstantiation, which refers to the transformation, during the moment of consecration, of the host into the flesh of Christ.

Many believe that when Jesus told his disciples that the bread they would eat at the Last Supper represented his flesh and the wine they would drink represented his blood, he meant it symbolically. However, the Catholic Church refutes it, expressing that Jesus is actually bodily present in the bread and wine, this statement is based on the Gospel of Saint John 6:51-58 where it says “my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.”

The host is offered to the faithful during communion, in order to receive it, people must have confessed, not be sympathetic to any type of esotericism, or practice spiritism or santeria.

Those hosts that are not consumed during communion are taken to the tabernacle, which is a kind of box located in the church where the consecrated host is kept. In this way, Catholics feel the presence of Jesus Christ in it, being able to visit and worship him.