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|What does Eucharist mean?
|"When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, 'I have eagerly desired
to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it again until there if fulfillment in
the Kingdom of God.' Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, 'Take this and share it among yourselves;
for I tell you that from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes."
"Week by week you come to the Lord's table to receive bread and wine. What do these things mean to you?... Do
you sometimes wonder what God is saying in these simple elements? Bread and wine represent the fruits of our
labour, whereby we turn the things of nature into food and drink for our sustenance. So at the Lord's table we offer
our labour to God, dedicating ourselves anew to his service. Then the bread and the wine are distributed equally to
every member of the congregation; the poor receive the same amount as the rich... The whole ceremony is also a
meal at which everyone has an equal place at the table. Thus we are celebrating our fellowship as brothers and
sisters, with Christ as our unseen elder brother at one end of the table, and God as our unseen father presiding at the
St. John Chrysostom 4th. Century
On Living Simply. page 67.
"Then he too the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them, saying 'This is my body, which will be
given for you; do this in memory of me.' And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying 'This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you."
"Therefore with fullest assurance let us partake as of the Body and Blood of Christ: for in the figure of Bread is given
to you His Body, and in the figure of Wine His Blood; that you by partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, might
be made of the same body and blood with Him. For thus we come to bear Christ in us, because His Body and
Blood are diffused through our members; thus it is that, according to the blessed Peter, we become partakers of
the divine nature." (2 Peter 1:4)
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Christian Sacraments. 4th Century