Meaning of Host

What is Hostia:

It is known as a host white wafer or unleavened unleavened bread, made of wheat flour with a circular shape used in the Eucharist or mass offered as an offering or sacrifice. The word host is of Latin origin that expresses ‘being that is sacrificed to appease or in honor of the gods’.


During the celebration of the Eucharist the host is consecrated and offered to the faithful. In the consecration or transubstantiation, the host becomes the Body of Jesus Christ and at that moment it is also called the Sacred Form or Holy Form. To do this, the priest takes the bread and repeats the words of Christ at the Last Supper: “Take and eat all of it, because this is my Body, which will be given up for you.”

Once the consecration of the bread is finished, the priest raises the Sacred Form towards the faithful so that they adore it and venerate it with the strong faith that characterizes them. Finally, the priest kneels to also adore and venerate her.

On the other hand, the word host was formerly used to refer to everything that could be used as a sacrifice, as animals and, in some religions, human beings, as sacrificial victims. However, the Spanish use the word host as blow given with an open hand in the face of another person“what the hell man!”, but also to denote surprises, admiration, astonishmentlike hell, you came to see me!

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Also, in the colloquial use of the Spanish, the term host is the bad intention or genius of a living being, “what a bad host your parents have today!” Likewise, the word is used to identify that I was going full speedlike: “We got here fast, you were going all hell!”

Synonyms of host they are bread, Eucharist, wafer, etc.

See also:

  • Eucharist
  • Corpus Christi.

ostia and host

The words ostia and host are homophones, this means, they have the same pronunciation but their meaning and writing are different. Ostia are oysters, or what is the same mollusks, their meat being edible and appreciated for its properties and benefits for the human being.

For more information, see the Ostia article.