Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil


Question 70. How did the apostles understand the words used by Jesus Christ
when the Holy Communion was established?

There are people who argue that this is just a comparison. Our Lord has used phrases like:

They say, just like the above, He used a phrase-"This is My Body and Blood'. But the traditional churches including the Anglican Church believe that ?it is His blood and flesh." This is because, these churches believe that the offerings of bread and wine were His Body and Blood.

It is interesting to observe that Jesus didn't say -

The clear meaning of what our Lord said is; -- this bread which I hold in my Almighty hand, because of my word, is my body?, so that you take and eat.

From that time, the church understood the Holy Communion in this same manner. As St. Paul taught in (1 Cori.10:16, 11:28-29), "The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ. The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?" (1 Cori. 10:16)

How the bread and wine becomes His Body and Blood during the Holy Communion is a mystery; same as how the baby in Bethlehem had both God and human characters blended (Kings Highway). This is stated in the Articles of Religion (28) of the Anglican Church. Here is the advice of the minister before the Holy communion: To those who are prepared to take the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ in commemoration of his glorious suffering (I will tell you) only through this, our sins are forgiven and we become eligible for heaven. So let us give thanks to Almighty God, our Father, sincerely with humility, for having given his Son and our Savior Jesus Christ to death for ourselves and for having given him to us as our spiritual food and protection? (Book of common prayer -articles 142 of the Anglican church)

This is a Song, from the Syrian Orthodox Church:

The One on whom - fiery angels trembling gaze,
That One as Bread and Wine upon the altar see;
As angels clad in lightning are enflamed by Him,
But those who eat Him have their faces made enlightened.

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