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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

119- Priests and The Thanksgiving Communion

 

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St-Takla.org Image: Coptic Mass (Coptic Liturgy) in El-Moharak Monastery, Egypt (photo by Professor Michael Fuller)

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة قداس قبطي في الكنيسة القبطية الأرثوذكسية - دير المحرق، مصر (تصوير: أ. مايكل فولر)

[2] The Thanksgiving Communion

The Lord handed His disciples the communion:

(Mat 26:26-28) And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." {27} Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. {28} "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

(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;

In order to continue obeying the divine commandment of offering communion, the Church must have an entrusted group, who could carry on this service. But not anyone can conduct such sacrament, other than the entrusted apostles or their successors.

It is also inconceivable that this sacrament was only for the apostolic age, otherwise where would the succeeding generations stand in the light of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ who said: chapter 6 of the Gospel of Saint John.? For example:

(John 6:53) "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Hence offering the Body and Blood is essential for the perpetuity of teaching.


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