Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Holy Eucharist: A Promissory Note

I never cease to be amazed in the way that our Lord's Table is viewed across Christendom. For the sake of brevity and simplicity, I'll limit this rant to the shores of the fifty states. First, there is the Independent Fundamental Baptist/Jack Chickennsian thought that if you gather around our Lord's table more than once a year, you're a a secret agent of Rome, bent on subverting Protestantism. Then, there is the Roman error of Transubstantiation, where the elements supposedly become the actual Body and Blood of the Savior.

I ardently hold to the Anglican view that unlike either the Roman view of transformation, or the Baptist/Anabaptist view of Memorialism, that our Lord is present in the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

How so the Promissory note?

Scripture proclaims to us two facts concerning the Eucharist. First, we consider the words of the Christ when he shares with his twelve that he'll not partake in this celebration again until he comes into his Kingdom. Two, Saint Paul reminds us that we partake in this meal as a memorial of his death resurrection and a promise of His return.

Let us proclaim the Mystery of our Faith:

Christ has Died
Christ has risen
Christ will return again

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