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Early History of Eucharist

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in History | Comments Off on Early History of Eucharist

Weekly reception of the Eucharist was customary already in apostolic times. In the Didache, the faithful are admonished that, “having come together on the Lord’s Day, you are to break bread and give thanks, after you have confessed your sins, so that your sacrifice might be undefiled. But anyone who is estranged from his friend should not join us, until both have become reconciled, lest your sacrifice be polluted.” Equally clear is the description of the Sunday morning service given by St. Justin during the middle of the second century: “On the day which is called Sunday, we have a common assembly… The Eucharistic elements are distributed and consumed… ” From the end of the second century there are numerous indications that priests and laity received Holy Communion everyday. Tertullian mentions that Christians daily extend their hands, according to...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Quote, Saints | Comments Off on Eucharist

Your principal motive in going to Communion should be to advance, strengthen and console yourself in the love of God, receiving for love alone what is given for love alone. At no other time is our Lord more loving and more tender than when he, as it were, humbles himself and comes to us in the form of food that he may enter our soul and enter into intimate union with us. If you are asked why you go to Communion so often say it is to learn to love God, to be purified from your imperfections, delivered from your miseries, consoled in your troubles and strengthened in your weaknesses. – St. Francis de...

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The Real Presence – St Catherine of Siena

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Quote | Comments Off on The Real Presence – St Catherine of Siena

Nor is the sacrament itself diminished by being divided, any more than is fire, to take an example. If you had a burning lamp and all the world came to you for light, the light of your lamp would not be diminished by the sharing, yet each person who shared it would have the whole light. True, each one’s light would be more or less intense depending on what sort of material each brought to receive the fire. I give you this example so that you may better understand me. Imagine that many people brought candles, and one person’s candle weighed one ounce, another’s more than that, and they all came to your lamp to light their candles. Each candle, the smallest as well as the largest, would have the whole light with all its heat and color and...

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