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Delving into the annals of Christianity, the Eucharist emerges as one of its most profound and revered sacraments. Often termed the "source and summit" of Christian life, its roots intertwine with the very genesis of the Christian tradition. To fully grasp its significance, one must journey back to its inception and trace its evolution over the millennia. The Eucharist originates in the Last Supper, an event recorded in the Synoptic Gospels and St. Paul's letters. As Jesus gathered with his...
The Eucharist also known as the Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper and other names is a Christian rite which is also a sacrament in most Catholic churches. The eucharist was instituted during the Last Supper by Jesus Christ, when he gave his disciples bread and wine during a Passover meal. Jesus said to “do this in memory of me” while calling the bread his body and the wine his blood. During the Eucharistic celebration in mass, us christians remember...
This remains an issue in which ecumenical theologians are yet to unravel. The argument is that if other sacraments establish some form of connection among Christians traditions, why has the Eucharistic Communion remained exclusive? If so, it appears the Eucharist is a huddle yet to be crossed in other to reach full communion of Christians. The question then is, is there any other connective point on which the unity of Christians can be built upon? Or, if the Eucharist is...
The Central Significance of the Altar The altar symbolized Christ. An altar is a table or structure used for offering sacrifice. For Catholics, it is the place for the central sacrifice where the Eucharistic enacted. The altar is central to the liturgical celebration and should be the cynosure of all eyes during Eucharistic celebrations. The altar too should clearly take its place above everything else in the sanctuary. This is so clearly explained in the rubrics that it is a...
Introduction The deliberate yet life-changing transition process from traditional to modern industrialized societies dissolved many conventional facts and institutions that grounded humanity to love and kindness. French sociologist Émile Durkheim explains that this state of anomie led to high suicide rates (Clegg, Cunha, & Rego, 2016). Thankfully, religious institutions only grew stronger, giving the faithful a place to belong, a love to requite, and kindness to share. The Catholic Church is one such institution. It is said to have been...
In some faiths, the concept of food does not hold much significance and may not have an influence on how one leads their life in accordance to God. However in other faiths such as Sikhism, Hinduism and Christianity food is a fundamental feature of their religion. For instance food can bring people together, where everyone experiences a sense of community and solidarity. There are also particular foods that certain religions prohibit as it is not compatible with their faith. In...