Essay on The Eucharist

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The Eucharist

The Orthodox Eucharist Service

The Holy Eucharist is the oldest experience of Christian Worship as well as the most distinctive. Eucharist comes from the Greek word which means "thanksgiving." The word describes the most important form of the Church's attitude toward all of life. The origin of the Eucharist is traced to the Last Supper at which Christ instructed His disciples to offer bread and wine in His memory. The Eucharist is the most distinctive event of Orthodox worship because in it the Church gathers to remember and celebrate the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ.

Before the Orthodox Eucharist service can take place, they believe that you must prepare
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So it is believed that the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist are not just signs or symbols reminding us of the Last Supper, but they are the actual Body and Blood of Christ, as the Savoir said, "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed," and, "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him." Then bread and a cup containing wine mixed with water are brought to him who presides over the brethren (the Bishop or the Priest). He takes them and offers prayers, glorifying the Father of all things through the name of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Then he utters a lengthy thanksgiving because the Father has judged them worthy of these gifts. When the prayer of thanksgiving is ended, all the people present give their assent with an "Amen!" When the president has given thanks and the people have all signified their assent, those whom are called deacons distribute the bread and the wine with water, over which the thanksgiving has been spoken, to each of those present.

The Roman Catholic Eucharist

The public worship of the Roman Catholic Church is its liturgy, principally the Eucharist, which is also called the Mass. After the recitation of prayers and readings from the Bible, the presiding priest invites the faithful to receive communion, understood as sharing in the sacramental presence of Christ. At the Sunday

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