SECOND SECTION THE ECCLESIAL AND NUPTIAL DIMENSION OF THE EUCHARIST
The first is methodological: rather than comparing Anglican theologians on the eucharist
to Roman Catholic theologians, the point of reference is official Catholic teaching.
Solemn High Eucharist
, Rite II, with special music and fuller ceremonial practices of the church.
is no mere moment in a mass or service.
In the 11th century the French monk Berengar of Tours began to teach that the bread and wine in the celebration of the Eucharist
could not change physically into the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
His is an original attempt to show the unity and interaction between theology and spirituality, Eucharist
and biography, and this understood within the notion of eulogia--the benediction with which God blesses us in Christ through the Holy Spirit--as the meaningful gestalt of the day-to-day living out of our faith.
That centre is found in the eucharist
which is "a meal without borders" reflecting "the borderless character of Christ's love" (p.
Our answer to this question will proceed in three phases: an examination of the critical methodologies of modernity, an analysis of the politics of interpretation, and an exploration of the hermeneutics of the Eucharist
Perhaps, though, if we understand that faith in the Eucharist
does not begin and end at our First Communion but rather is a lifelong process of deepening our understanding of the sacrament, we can cut ourselves a little slack.
My neighbor has been celebrating Eucharist
in his home for years now, without an "ordained" priest, just a growing group of Catholics who realize that centuries ago the Eucharist
was stolen from us and it is time we take it back.
Depending on where in the service one places the footwashing ceremony, one could use the sermon as a pivot to the Eucharist
or (if one begins with the sermon) simply to draw together the somewhat divergent elements that we have already seen, perhaps employing some of the observations below.
We received the Holy Eucharist
kneeling while only the priest handled the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist