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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

77- The Importance of Eucharist as noted in the Holy Bible


[26] Why Focus On The Remembrance Aspect And Deliberately Ignore The Other Verses Concerning The Sacrament

So why ignore the verses containing the following: This is My BodyMy Blood

My Body, Which is broken for you.

To be given.for the forgiveness of sins. The Living Bread from heaven.

Whoever Eatsand drinks.. Abide in Me and I in him.

Eat and drink judgment.

Not discerning the Body of the Lord. Will be guilty of The Body and Blood.         Image: Eucharist, bread and wine صورة: خبز و خمر الإفخارستيا Image: Eucharist, bread and wine

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: خبز و خمر الإفخارستيا

Is it fair or proper to ignore all these references in favour of

The Remembrance?

Yes indeed we remember Him when we partake of His Body and His Blood.

We remember and preach his atonement and His sacrificial death on the cross, until His Second Coming.

We remember His limitless Love.

But all this memory does not warrant forgetting that; This Is My Body.This Is My Blood.

Also the expression Each time you eat and Each time you drink denotes perpetuity of the original offering made on Maundy Thursday.

[27] The Transubstantiation

The Transubstantiation was clearly proclaimed by Christ Himself:

(This Is My Body.This Is My Blood)

He did not say This is symbolic of My Body & this is symbolic of My Blood.

Saint Paul did not speak discerning the Lords Symbolic Body but rather, He said:

(1 Cor 11:29) For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

Hence if one says that he is only partaking of a symbol, such person is not discerning of the Lords body.

Those who are sincere about the biblical truth should carefully consider the above verses, which were uttered by Christ and Saint Paul His disciple.

The biblical truth means the bible as a whole.

(2 Tim 3:16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

It is not proper to formulate and limit ones teaching upon single verses.

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