“We call this food the Eucharist”

278.-Justin

 

We call this food the Eucharist,

And none may partake thereof except

He who believes in the truth

Of what we teach, and who has been washed

In the laver of water for the remission of sins

And for rebirth,

And who lives as Christ has commanded.

For we accept this not simply as bread

Or simply as wine. Rather,

As according to the Word of God our Jesus Christ

Became flesh and assumed our flesh and blood

For the sake of our salvation,

In the same way this food, which becomes

The Eucharist

Through the word of prayer which rises up to Him,

Is the flesh and blood of Jesus incarnate:

 

This we have been taught.

 

 

+ The holy martyr St. Justin, 2nd Century 

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