The Christian sacrament that commemorates the Last Supper. The Eucharistic bread and wine were transformed, during Mass, into the body and blood of Christ, according to the doctrine of transubstantiation, as approved by the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215.
Related term(s): Sacrament
Category: Western Christianity
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.