Corpus christi essays on the church and the eucharist

Date, composition and modern translations[ edit ] The title of the Didache in the manuscript discovered in Many English and American scholars once dated the text to the late 2nd century AD, [3] a view still held today, [13] but most scholars now assign the Didache to the first century. Dating the document is thus made difficult both by the lack of hard evidence and its composite character. The Didache may have been compiled in its present form as late asalthough a date closer to the end of the first century seems more probable to many. Adolf von Harnack produced the first German translation inand Paul Sabatier produced the first French translation and commentary in

Corpus christi essays on the church and the eucharist

The Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ—Against the Fanatics Lutherans believe in the real presence of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist, [23] [24] that the body and blood of Christ are "truly and substantially present in, with and under the forms" [25] [26] of the consecrated bread and wine the elementsso that communicants orally eat and drink the holy body and blood of Christ Himself as well as the bread and wine cf.

Augsburg ConfessionArticle 10 in this Sacrament. This was first articulated in the Wittenberg Concord of in the formula: Nihil habet rationem sacramenti extra usum a Christo institutum "Nothing has the character of a sacrament apart from the use instituted by Christ".

This interpretation is not universal among Lutherans. The consecrated elements are treated with reverence; and, in some Lutheran churches, are reserved as in OrthodoxCatholicand Anglican practice.

The external Eucharistic adoration is usually not practiced by most Lutherans except for bowinggenuflectingand kneeling to receive the Eucharist from the Words of Institution and elevation to reception of the holy meal.

In this case, the consecrated elements are to be delivered quickly, preserving the connection between the communion of the ill person and that of the congregation gathered in public Divine Service. Lutherans use the terms "in, with and under the forms of consecrated bread and wine" and "Sacramental Union" to distinguish their understanding of the Eucharist from those of the Reformed and other traditions.

Anglican Eucharistic theology An altar in an Anglican church Anglicans prefer a view of objective presence that maintains a definitive change, but allows how that change occurs to remain a mystery.

In the Eucharist, the outward and visible sign is that of bread and wine, while the inward and spiritual grace is that of the Body and Blood of Christ. The classic Anglican aphorism with regard to the debate on the Eucharist is the poem by John Donne — John Calvin was also urged to come to England by Cranmer, but declined, saying that he was too involved in the Swiss reforms.

Consequently, early on, the Church of England has a strong Reformed, if not particularly Calvinistic influence. The view of the Real Presence, as described in the Thirty-Nine Articles therefore bears much resemblance to the pneumatic views of Bucer, Martyr, and Calvin.

Transubstantiation or the change of the substance of bread and wine in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ, but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions. The body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner.

For many Anglicans, whose mysticism is intensely incarnational, it is extremely important that God has used the mundane and temporal as a means of giving people the transcendent and eternal.

Some have extended this view to include the idea of a presence that is in the realm of spirit and eternity, and not to be about corporeal-fleshiness. During the Oxford Movement of the 19th century, Tractarians advanced a belief in the real objective presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but maintained that the details of how He is present remain mystery of faith[35] [34] a view also held by the Orthodox Church and Methodist Church.

This is in accord with some interpretations of Roman Catholic doctrine, as expressed, for instance by St. Thomas Aquinas, who, while saying that the whole Christ is present in the sacrament, also said that this presence was not "as in a place".

The Eucharist is not intrinsic to Christ as a body part is to a body, but extrinsic as his instrument to convey Divine Grace. Some Anglicans see this understanding as compatible with different theories of Christ's presence—transubstantiation, consubstantation, or virtualism—without getting involved in the mechanics of "change" or trying to explain a mystery of God's own doing.

Real presence as a "Holy Mystery"[ edit ] The followers of John Wesley have typically affirmed that the sacrament of Holy Communion is an instrumental Means of Grace through which the real presence of Christ is communicated to the believer, [43] but have otherwise allowed the details to remain a mystery.

Of particular note here is the church's unequivocal recognition of the anamnesis as more than just a memorial but, rather, a re-presentation of Christ Jesus and His Love. Holy Communion is remembrance, commemoration, and memorial, but this remembrance is much more than simply intellectual recalling.

This dynamic action becomes re-presentation of past gracious acts of God in the present, so powerfully as to make them truly present now.

Corpus christi essays on the church and the eucharist

Christ is risen and is alive here and now, not just remembered for what was done in the past. A United Methodist minister consecrates the elements This affirmation of real presence can be seen clearly illustrated in the language of the United Methodist Eucharistic Liturgy [46] where, in the epiclesis of the Great Thanksgiving, the celebrating minister prays over the elements:Census offices consider any person or group to be Christian if they devoutly, seriously regards themselves to be Christian.

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This bibliography includes primary source texts relevant to the literary, historical, cultural, and religious milieu of Lollardy as well as those specifically by and about Lollard writers–and so, it is also a good place to start for work on later medieval religious culture in England at large.

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