Tuesday, October 23, 2007

What The Church Fathers Say About The Eucharist Part 1

What did the early Christin's say about the Eucharist? Did they teach that the consecrated bread and wine truly are the Body, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Did they try to correct a false belief in the Eucharist? Which one did they teach?
Leo the Great "For when the Lord says 'unless you have eaten the flesh of the Son of Man, and drunk His blood, you will not have life in you', you ought so to be partakers at the Holy Table, as to have no doubt whatever concerning the reality of Christ's Body and Blood. For that is taken in the mouth which is believed in Faith, and it is vain for them to respond Amen who dispute that which is taken" Sermons, No. 91:3

Clement of Alexandria "Now, the blood of the Lord is twofold: one is corporeal, redeeming us from corruption; the other is spiritual, and it is with that we are anointed. To drink the blood of Jesus is to participate in His incorruption. Yet, the Spirit is the strength of the World in the same way that the blood is of the body. Similarly, wine is mixed with water and the Spirit is joined to man; the first, the mixture, provides feasting that faith may be increased; the other, the Spirit, leads us to incorruption. The union of both, that is, of the potion and the Word, is called the Eucharist, a gift worthy of praise and surpassingly fair; those who partake of it are sanctified in body and soal, for it is the will of the Father that man, a composite made by God, be united to the Spirit and to the Word mystically." Christ The Educator Bk. 2 Chap. 2

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