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The Eucharist. Communal Meal of Christ. Strong Leader. Protector. Loving. Eucharist?. Why the Eucharist?. Why has the Eucharist become such a central component of Christianity? What do Catholics see in the Eucharist that makes it so important?.

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the eucharist

The Eucharist

Communal Meal of Christ

why the eucharist
Why the Eucharist?
  • Why has the Eucharist become such a central component of Christianity?
  • What do Catholics see in the Eucharist that makes it so important?
eucharist how does the church understand it
Eucharist – How does the Church understand it?
  • Bread in the Old Testament
  • Bread in the New Testament
  • Friendship, Hospitality, God’s Care, Heaven
the early church
The Early Church
  • What is the Eucharist
  • 54-55: Paul’s letter to Corinthians
  • First Account of Last Supper
  • Eucharistēsas – meaning “to give thanks”
laying out rules
Laying out Rules
  • Didache – Teaching of the 12 Apostles
  • 50 years after Paul
  • Early Church gathered to break bread
  • Commemorate a key point in Christ’s life
  • Rules: must be baptized
definitions
Definitions
  • Ignatius of Antioch – Flesh of Jesus, real presence of Christ
  • Justin Martyr – First Sunday Worship
  • Augustine – Faith obliges us to accept (sacrament)
  • Thomas Aquinas – Transubstantiation, substance changes, but physically the same

St. Augustine of Hippo

modern church
Modern Church
  • Source of energy
  • Where we’re heading
  • Coming together of all peoples
  • Common Language of Christ