Posts tagged “Real Presence

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,…

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…