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 A senior high school student from the Ateneo de Manila University has left all the Eucharistic masses  suspended due to an act of "sacrilege".

The student who remain unknown is said to have pocketing the host or the bread used in the catholic ritual of the Eucharist. instead of consuming it during communion.

A photo of an 'ostiya' (host) has been posted on Twitter for review, describing all the aspects of the host from design, crispness, taste, and wow factor. Indeed, the student gave an overall score of 7.1 out of 10.



"DESIGN: 6/10. I like the vibe but if it was centered I think it's be a lot better. CRISPNESS: 8/10, not soggy and had a satisfying crunch. TASTE: 7.5/10, medyo lasang cornflakes. WOW FACTOR: 7/10. decent. Overall: 7.1/10," read in a caption. 

Following the viral photo, the university's senior high school department issued a statement suspending all the masses in all Ateneo chapels and churches in order to atone and make reparations for the act of sacrilege.

According to catholic canon law, "theft, sale, or use of the host for a profane purpose is considered a grave sin and sacrilege, which incurs the penalty of excommunication.

"It has come to our attention that a student committed a sacrilegious act during our recent School-Wide Mass. We would like to express our deepest apologies to the entire Ateneo de Manila Senior High School community for this unfortunate incident. We also want to clarify sacrilege and what reparation and atonement are needed to heal from this act,” the Ateneo Senior High School department wrote in a statement.


A student from Ateneo de Manila University-Senior High School intentionally kept and not consumed the Holy Eucharist just to post a "food review" online. Because of this, masses in all Ateneo chapels and churches are suspended as an act of Reparation and Attonement to the said sacrilege.
by u/Future_Resolve9691 in Philippines

“Sacrilege is a grave sin committed against sacred persons or things, particularly those consecrated to God. In the Catholic Church, it is an offense against the holiness of God and His Church. The Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith, is the most sacred and central act of worship for us. Therefore, any act that shows disrespect, irreverence, or contempt towards the Eucharist, or any other sacred object, is considered sacrilegious," it explained.

“As a Catholic educational institution, we must take responsibility for this grave offense and take the necessary steps to repair the harm done. As a community, we need to engage in reparation and atonement for this sacrilegious act. Reparation means making amends for the offense committed by offering prayers, penance, and acts of charity to make up for the offense committed. Atonement, on the other hand, is the process of seeking forgiveness for the offense committed and making a sincere effort to amend one’s ways and avoid repeating the same mistake. As we address this, let us remember the importance of incorporating Ignatian values in our process of reparation and atonement.”

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