Living Eucharist


The Second reading at Mass this Sunday, Corpus Christi, is our oldest written account of the Eucharist, from a letter of St Paul dated to the mid 50s, maybe twenty years before the Gospel of Mark with its fuller account of the Passion of Jesus and the Last Supper.

This is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink…

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