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Talk on the Eucharist

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“Do this to remember me”

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Here is the audio file of Reflections on the Mass (Eucharist, Holy Communion) that I presented at St Michael and All Angels as part of a study series earlier this year. After the introduction by the Parish Priest, Fr Andrew Starky, the talk is about 25 minutes long:

The outline of the address is:

A missional approach to the Mass/Eucharist
God’s mission has a church

Kataphatic (Cataphatic)
Like this – but bigger, better – almighty…

Apophatic
Not like this

“Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,…
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might.”

“Between Creator and creature no similitude can be expressed without implying a greater dissimilitude.” Called the “Major disimiltude”
[Fourth Lateran Council (1215)]

“You are God ineffable, beyond comprehension, invisible, beyond understanding.” Holy Anaphora of Saint John Chrysostom

“You are without beginning, invisible, incomprehensible, beyond words, unchangeable.” Anaphora of Saint Basil (about ten times a year).

Sign
Needs explanation – “Give Way” sign

Symbol
Doesn’t need explanation – a hug

Sacrament
God effects what it signifies
Sacrament as Presence

Divinisation – deification – theosis
God’s image being Transfigured into God’s likeness

Sacrifice
Being taken into God’s possession

The Eucharist as the repeatable part of the Sacrament(s) of Initiation
of being taken into God’s possession and into God’s mission

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image: JESUS MAFA. The Lord’s Supper, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48272

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