Holy Communion Is A Mystery

Written By: on Oct 6th, 2009 and filed under Articles, We Believe.

sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ”. (1Corinthians10:16). Hence, it is called the Eucharist, the offering (St.Mark7:11), and the Cup of Salvation as said in Psalm 50:14,116:13. When Jesus commanded his disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke22:19), he was referring to a deeper meaning- something of a progressive nature or operation. The Hebrew term ‘Azkarah’ used to denote the word commemoration throughout the bible, has the meaning ‘that which is remembered is brought from the past into present’. In Orthodox terminology, ‘memory’ is not just a mental gymnastics but it is a living experience of the reality. In other words, it is the re-living of the past events. Like the magnetic field produced around a coiled iron bar connected to a battery, in terms of the science of sacraments, a field of spiritual energy (mystique) is there latent in and around the holy elements.

Holy Eucharist meaning-Thanks giving- is not at all a repetition but it is the continuation of the Supreme Sacrifice of Christ at the Cross and is also the sharing of the very life of Christ by being in his company whereby we acquire His nature of love and power of creativity. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Hebrew13:10-16, Psalms50:14). One accepts Christ’s offer of atonement when each time one accepts Jesus Christ as one’s personal God and Saviour in real faith and deed. This is possible when a person renews their faith in Christ through the sacraments like holy baptism, true confession and Holy Communion, etc. Gradually and eventually that person gains entry into the Kingdom of God (Rom 10:10). Salvation is a continuous spiritual process touching the continuum of past, present and future.

Unless one confesses their belief in Christ’s death on the cross and professes that it was for them and in their place, they are not going to get its benefits. The act of confessing and Professing of faith in Christ’s redeeming work is the means for one to get salvation wrought by Christ. The sacramental rites and rituals in Christian Church are the dramatic enactments and the historic presents of the life of Christ and through it the faithful re-live those events happened in the past and foretaste the eschatological events yet to happen in future. Through worship, a faithful makes a travel in time- machine to reach the three realms of time- the past, the present and the future. It goes beyond space transcending the time which means the four dimensional space-time continuums.

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