March 9, 2019

Early Church Catechesis

(I) … Therefore, when he has spoken and says about the bread, “This is my Body,” who will have the nerve to doubt any longer? And, when he affirms clearly, “This is my Blood,” who will then doubt, saying this is not his Blood?” …

(III) Therefore, with all confidence we receive this as the Body and Blood of Christ. For in the type of bread the Body is given to you, and in the type of win the Blood is given to you, so that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, you may become one Body and one Blood with Christ. And so we become Christ-bearers …

– From the Mystagogic Catechesis, a series of sermons from the Church in Jerusalem during the late 4th or early 5th centuries, given to the recently baptized.

Source: O’Connor, Rev. James T., The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 1988) p. 27-28.


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