Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. Symbols of the “Holy Thanksgiving” the Eucharist are:
- Malchizedek bringing bread and wine to Abraham
- Elijah fed by Angels
The Eucharist is considered a Sacrament of the Christian Initiation, “Birth and Increase”.
The Scriptures that are associated with the Eucharist are:
- Roots in Jewish Passover-Exodus 12:1-28
- Melchizedek’s offering-Genesis 14:18
- The priesthood of David-Psalm 110
- The priesthood of Jesus-Hebrews 8-10
- Multiplication of loaves-John 6:1-15
- The Bread of Life-John 6:25-71
- The Last Supper-Matthew 26:26;Mark 14:22; Luke 22:7-20
- The Emmaus event-Luke 24-47
- Apostolic Church-Acts 2:42-47, 20:7
- The meaning and effect of the Eucharist- 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
The Eucharist also has an Ancient practice of Fasting before Communion.
As a part of the Mass the Eucharist is a Christian Tradition and a Human understanding of God’s wisdom and love of spiritual benefit.
- Causes an intimate union with Christ,
- Preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism,
- Cleanes Past sins and preserves from future sins,
- Strengthens the unity among members of the Church, and
- Fosters a commitment to those who are poor.
St. Lucy calls it the “Hidden Jesus”.
The Hierarchy of the Eucharist Liturgies are:
The Eucharist is celebrated, taking Communion is the Eucharist Received.
A United States of America parallel of the “Holy Thanksgiving”-Eucharist is:
The Thanksgiving Holiday
A missa solemnis (High Mass) meaning a solem celebration and “Giving of Thanks”
Not everyone knows to “Thank God”. For those who do not know I invoke the Prayer After Meals:
We give thanks for all your gifts, Almighty God, living and reigning now and forever. (And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.) Amen