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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

75- How can something physical in the Eucharist Be A Spiritual Food?

 

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[24] How can something physical Be A Spiritual Food?

The expression Spiritual Food is a biblical term used for the Manna, which was a symbol for the Sacrament of Communion.

Saint Paul said about the Israelites in Sinai:

(1 Cor 10:3-4) all ate the same spiritual food, {4} and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

So the Rock which was a type to Christ:

(Psa 78:20) Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?"

Bread is a material, but it is transubstantiated to the Body of Christ for our benefit, so is the wine which is transubstantiated to the Blood of Christ.


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