Holy Eucharist The Holy Eucharist, the “sacrament of sacraments” or the “sacrament of the Church” is at the center of the Church’s life. Every prayer, hymn, Psalm, and sermon leads to the Eucharist, and all things flow from it.
The Christian Eucharist, known as the Divine Liturgy and the Lord's Supper, is often referred to as the "Sacrament of Sacraments," is the Church's celebration of the Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. All the other Sacraments of the Church lead toward and flow from the Eucharist, which is at the center of the life of the Church. The Eucharist commemorates the supper in which Christ took the bread and the wine and ordered His disciples to eat and drink it as his own Body and Blood. This sacrament was ordained by Christ and passed on to the churches to be practiced in the community of the saints that we may experience of the presence of the Risen Christ in the midst of his People (see Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 6 and 13; Acts 2:41–47; 1 Corinthians 10–11). The sacrament of the Eucharist is also called holy communion since it is the mystical communion of men with God, with each other, and with all men and all things in him through Christ and the Spirit.
The bread and wine is understood as being the real presence of Christ, His true Body and Blood mystically present in the bread and wine as God brings them together as one, which are offered to the Father in his name and consecrated by the divine Spirit of God. The Eucharist then is understood to be the genuine Body and Blood of Christ precisely because bread and wine are the mysteries and symbols of God’s true and genuine presence and manifestation to us in Christ. Thus, by eating and drinking the bread and wine which are mystically consecrated by the Holy Spirit, we have genuine communion with God through Christ who is himself “the bread of life” (John 6:34, 41). I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh (John 6:51).
THE CHURCH uses three forms of the Eucharist:
The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom; The Liturgy of St. Basil the Great; and The Liturgy of St. James. While these saints did not compose the entire liturgy which bears their names, tradition tells us that they did author many of the prayers. The structure and basic elements of the three liturgies are similar, although there are differences in some hymns and prayers.
Of Course, the words of St. Paul are always recited at the Lord's Table: For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death, until He comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread and drinks the cup in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
An Agape (“God’s Love”) Love Feast—Catacomb of Marcellinus and Peter, Rome
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