Why does the Catholic Church use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)- Day 6 of Unleavened Bread
Many wonder why we say Christians should follow the Days of Unleavened Bread, because the very idea seems foreign to them, yet most Catholics know this feast----- as holy communion! Although the Catholic Church stopped following the Holy Days instituted by Christ himself, the fully admit to the meaning of unleavened bread:
From a catholic source:
Why does the Catholic Church
use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian faith, east and west. Therefore, it is not surprising that Orthodox Christians would feel strongly about the levened Eucharist that they have recieved since Childhood and that their Church has used from antiquity. They may feel as Cardinal Cerularius did in 1050 A.D., that no Eucharist that uses unleavened bread is a true Eucharist. He took his army into the Latin Churches in Constantinople and threw the consecrated hosts into the streets.
Most Popes of the past few hundred years, have felt that his subsequent excommunication was not the best move for east-west relations, but there is no doubt that he was in complete odds with the faith of the Early Eastern Fathers, all of whom recognized the validity of the unleavened host. Cerularius died alone and alienated from the Church, both east and west.
The reason why Catholics celebrate an unleavened Eucharist is very simple. We just never changed it from the day of the last supper. We have no problem with the Eastern tradition of levened Eucharist, and its validity, and we have no desire for the east to change. But we also have no desire to change our unleavened host.
If the unleavened Eucharist is invalid, then no Eucharist ever offered in the Western Church, or in Armenia, or the Last Supper itself, (which was a Passover feast, where only unleven bread was available) was ever a true Eucharist.
From yet another source:
Why Use Unleavened Bread for Communion?
Leaven is a substance that causes fermentation and spoilage, “Figuratively, an influence that, spreading silently and strongly, changes conditions and opinions” (World Book Dictionary). Literally, when leaven is added to a wholesome substance like bread dough or fruit juices and left unchecked the end result is a sour, smelly product which generally is unfit for any valued purpose. It is a fitting type of what sin does to our individual lives and to our church life when left unchecked or untended.
Leaven is used in both the Old and New Testaments as a type of evil which contaminates and spoils that which is good. It is to be questioned whether it is ever used in any other sense in the Scriptures.
The one reference where Bible scholars sometimes give leaven another application is Matthew 13:33. Here it is felt by some that the leaven “hid in three measures of meal” symbolizes the Good Gospel and the way the Gospel spreads and influences the world for good. But the Gospel message is never spread by hiding it. The very opposite is true. A light placed under a bushel gives no light to the surrounding area, and a hidden witness is no witness at all. This is the very way, however, that the devil works. His agents are the ones who by “cunning craftiness ... lie in wait to deceive” (Eph 4:14), and “who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (untruths that if believed will damn the soul, 2Pe 2:1). Furthermore, if the meal represents the evil society of the world and the leaven represents the good Gospel permeating the bad meal “till the whole was leaven” we should expect to see the world getting better and better until the whole world is under Gospel control. Again, the very opposite is true. The influence of, and the appeals of “this present evil world” with all its moral corruption has almost completed its leavening process on the professed people of God. When the few remaining “good and faithful” servants of our Lord Jesus Christ are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, the then worldwide professing church left in this world will be a totally corrupted church. The creeping, contaminating effect of the leaven of wickedness will have completed its beguiling influence on the professed “kingdom of heaven” under the direction of the end time Beast’s Minister of Religion, the false prophet of Revelation 13.
1 Corinthians 5 is one of the many New Testament messages which rather vividly identifies leaven as a type of evil. The church at Corinth was knowingly tolerating gross moral wickedness within her fellowship. The Apostle Paul demanded the excommunication of “that wicked person” based on the argument that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” In allowing this evil to go uncorrected their whole professed Corinthian church would become corrupt - the same thing that Jesus taught in the parable of Matthew 13:33. A purging out of the leaven of wickedness was an absolute necessity for the continued spiritual health of the church. Here it is enjoined upon the church to “keep the feast, not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1Co 5:8).ed bread and the sacrifice of a lamb without blemish as being types of “Christ our Passover who is sacrificed for us” (1Co 5:7). The typology here is most beautiful. Even though in His earth life, He “was made in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom 8:3), “In Him was no sin and in Him dwelt all the fullness of the perfection and holiness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). In ultimate perfection He “offered Himself to God without spot” to be our Passover Lamb to save us from death. He was indeed the true antitype of the “without blemish” Old Testament sacrificial lamb and the unleavened bread of the Passover feast. Anyone using leavened bread during the seven day Passover feast would have broken the type and would have done so under penalty of being cut off from the people of God (Ex 12:15,19). Read the rest>>>