Posts tagged “Holy Communion

A life-giving eucharist

Posted on July 5th, 2017

Cyril of Alexandria on Christ’s body and blood being truly present in the Supper, and the power of the Word of God. “He, being the Truth, cannot lie.” Amen! It was fitting therefore for Him to be in us both divinely by the Holy Ghost, and also, so to speak, to be mingled with our bodies by His holy flesh and precious blood: which things also we possess as a life-giving eucharist, in the form of bread and wine. For lest we should be terrified by seeing (actual) flesh and blood placed upon the holy tables of our churches, God, humbling Himself to our infirmities, infuses into the things set before us the power of life, and transforms them into the efficacy of His…

The flesh and blood of the incarnated Jesus

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Here are some excerpts from the first two centuries of the Christian Church on the bodily presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper: Ignatius [AD 30-107] If Jesus Christ shall graciously permit me through your prayers, and if it be His will, I shall, in a second little work which I will write to you, make further manifest to you [the nature of] the dispensation of which I have begun [to treat], with respect to the new man, Jesus Christ, in His faith and in His love, in His suffering and in His resurrection. Especially [will I do this] if the Lord make known to me that ye come together man by man in common through grace, individually, in one faith, and in Jesus Christ,…

Sermo Dei: Holy Thursday 2016

Posted on March 25th, 2016

There were three great Patriarchs of the Jews: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob had a twin brother Esau, and they had parted when Jacob by trickery got their father’s blessing instead of Esau. Esau had promised that he would one day kill Jacob. So Jacob fled, and worked for a man named Laban. Things have gone well since then. Jacob has a family, and has become wealthy through breeding livestock. But he had to run away, because his brothers-in-law want to kill him. And now his old enemy, his brother Esau, is approaching. The scouts say Esau has with him an army of 400 men. So this is it at last. There’s no more running, no more hiding. He has hatred from his own…

Prayers for the Holy Communion

Posted on March 23rd, 2016

I first heard these prayers used at Divine Service at Redeemer, Fort Wayne. I believe they come to us by way of the 1908 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, but I don’t know a source beyond that. The outline below is where we place them when used (a couple times a year) at Immanuel. I post them here for your Holy Thursday reflection.   PREFACE PROPER PREFACE SANCTUS   GLORY be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou almighty and everlasting Son of the Father, that by the sacrifice of Thyself upon the cross, offered up once for all, Thou didst perfect them that are sanctified, and ordain, as a memorial and seal thereof, Thy Holy Supper, in which Thou givest us Thy body to eat, and Thy…

All of You This Night Will Stumble: Sermon for Holy Thursday 2011

Posted on April 21st, 2011

N.b. I did something unusual for me, in preaching on a Bible verse not read in the service (Mt. 26:31). It’s part of the Passion readings of Matthew and Mark. I used it to bring our observance of Lent to a conclusion and clarify some of my own struggles during this season, leading from there to particular thoughts on the Sacrament of the Altar inspired by Luther’s famous saying, “This Sacrament is the gospel.” The institution of of the Lord’s Supper is a major theme of this holy day. “All of you this night will be made to stumble because of Me,” Jesus said to His disciples on the night He was betrayed. These words are prophetic, and they are about the Twelve; Jesus…

Godhead here in hiding

Posted on April 21st, 2011

The perfect Maundy Thursday hymn: Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore, Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived: How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed; What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do; Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true. On the cross thy godhead made no sign to men, Here thy very manhood steals from human ken: Both are my confession, both are my belief, And I pray the prayer of the dying thief. I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see, But can plainly call…

No Communion in the hand!

Posted on December 29th, 2010

I really enjoy the “recommended items” feature in Google Reader. It shows me things I would have never found myself. For example, this papist site is rejoicing that at the Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s in Rome, communion was required to be received in the mouth, not in the hand. (There are always some radical papists at the March for Life in DC bent out of shape about this and a few other issues; I snapped the picture in this post there in 2009.) Can somebody explain to me why they take this so seriously? I honestly cannot understand why this is a major issue. From what little I’ve read on the subject, the earliest practice was to receive by hand, but when people…

The irresponsibility of open communion

Posted on October 10th, 2009

Important words from Piepkorn: I am suggesting that it is wrong to admit individuals to the Holy Eucharist indiscriminately merely because they are physically present, with no effort to determine if they have been baptized, with no effort to determine their continuing status as members of the church, and with no assurance that they have the requisite dispositions of sorrow for their wrong-doing and faith in the atoning work of the Lord that is made present again in this mystery. –A.C. Piepkorn, *The Church* p. 188 Thanks to Pr. Weedon for posting this quotation.

Whence cometh the "climate of distrust"?

Posted on October 8th, 2009

Pastor Michael Brockman of Christ Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Kansas wrote a penetrating letter to the editor in the latest issue of the Lutheran Witness. President Kieschnick is not the only one wanting the “climate of distrust” gone from among us as LCMS Lutherans [“From the President,” August]. I, too. But how has this climate come about? It has come about as one pastor and congregation practice open Communion week after week and a neighboring pastor and congregation don’t. It comes about when one pastor and congregation allow secular love songs to be sung at weddings and a neighboring pastor and congregation don’t. It comes about when one pastor and congregation permit an ELCA pastor to be part of an LCMS funeral service and…