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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

63- The Lord Handed Down This Sacrament To His Disciples


[11] The Lord Handed Down This Sacrament To His Disciples

He did not say to the general congregation to ‘Do This In Remembrance Of Him”.

He reserved this sacrament to the apostles, while the rest of the congregation participated in eating from it.         Image: The Devil Statue, Kew Gardens, UK صورة: تمثال الشيطان، حدائق كو، بريطانيا Image: The Devil Statue, Kew Gardens, UK.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: تمثال الشيطان، حدائق كو، بريطانيا.

To preserve this sacrament, it was necessary for it to be handed down by their successors, and continue until the day of the Second Coming of our Lord.

[12] Saint Paul also explains the same point.

Saint Paul was not present on Maundy Thursday. But Lord in recognition of the importance of this Sacrament, decided to personally hand over such an important tradition, to Saint Paul.

(1 Cor 11:23) For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

Saint Paul also indicated that those who offered this sacrifice were the Apostles and their successors, and not the anyone in general.

(1 Cor 10:16) The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

But when he spoke to the congregation, he used “you” and not “we”.

(1 Cor 10:21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.

This tells us the apostles preformed this sacrament and the congregation took part of it.

Here another question presenting itself:

What is the significance of this Sacrament? Is it a mere morsel of bread and some wine, for partaking by the faithful, as propagated by the Protestants? Or is it the true Body and Blood as extolled by the Scriptures?