THE LORD'S EUCHARIST - CLICK ON PICTURE TO GO TO HOW TO CELEBRATE THE EUCHARIST
For all baptized believers –The following are suggested, very ancient (going back to the first century), Eucharistic prayers. Be sure to keep going at the end of this section (Liturgies of St. James and St. Mark) and pray Christ’s Words and the Invocation of the Holy Spirit ( The Anaphora) and the Didache which is where you will receive communion – the real presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the bread and cup. The bread can be purchased from a variety of sources that supply hosts to churches and the wine should be red wine (unsweetened) [pure grape juice may be substituted - not white grape] and mixed at the time of communion half and half with water. If you want to, you may skip down to the Didache and start there; make sure you do all that is there up to and including the amen at the + (cross) there. God bless!
There is no reason that any believer in Jesus Christ can not with his house church or community church or even by himself receive the real presence of the Lord in the Lord’s Eucharist. Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Eucharist, He established it, not men. St. Paul, in the following, when he speaks of the chalice of devils and the table of devils, is refering to pagan religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism etc. and pagan practices such as abound in the catholic charismatic movement and all over TBN television: he is telling us that we can have no part in them and receive the Lord’s Eucharist.
The following warning must be obeyed by the faithful, as it always has been by faithful Catholics: The chalice of benediction which we bless. is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread, which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?
For we, being many, are one bread, one body, all that partake of one bread. -1 Cor. x. 16, 17.
You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils.-1 Cor. x. 21.
Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.-1 Cor. xi. 27-29.
They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.
And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers.-Acts ii. 41, 42.
And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow: and he continued his speech until midnight.-Acts xx. 7.
Hymn to the Cross
The regal banners now advance, now shines the mystery of the cross on which the Creator of mankind made man, was raised on high to die.
With arms fast bound and nailed hands the cross-piece fixed, we now behold the sign of our redemption there where Clemency the victim makes.
His side, sore wounded by the point, transpiercing, of the cruel lance,
to cleanse the world from sinful stain pours blood and water from the wound.
Now is the prophecy fulfilled
of David speaking with such truth when to the nations he foretold that God would reign upon a tree.
O shining and majestic tree adorned with regal mantle now, most noble trunk, chosen to bear limbs of such great sanctity.
O blessed tree, that with your arms support the Saviour of the world a balance for that flesh divine . that snatched away the prey of hell.
From your bark a perfume breathes in sweetness surpassing nectar far, proudly you bear the fertile fruit while shouts acclaim his triumph now.
From the glory of the Passion praise to the altar and Victim blest in passion, undergoing death, with death, restoring life again.
Hail cross, our one and only hope, in this our time of mourning, grant that all the faithful grow in grace and sinners have their guilt forgiven.
O Trinity, the source of life,
all spirits sing their praise to you.
To those time-bound give comfort still, who by the cross have been redeemed.
You, who once spoke to Moses
on mount Sinai,
have received from an immaculate Virgin flesh that is free from all sin.
You who once pastured Israel, now feed on the milk of a Mother who has not known man.
A marvellous happening!
You who once punished kings now save yourself from a king by flight intoEgypt.
You, seated in majesty [on a high throne] were laid in a manger
retaining all your dignity.
And now, full of faith,
we praise the Mother and sing to the Son.
He who in heaven is God and has no mother,
has descended to earth and lived as though motherless.
To you be the glory!
Fragment from an ancient Eucharistic liturgy
1 Peter 3:In Christian Suffering13. And who is there to harm you, if you are zealous for what is good? 14. But even if you suffer anything for justice’ sake, blessed are you. So have no fear of their fear and do not be troubled. 15. But hallow the Lord Christ in your hearts. Be ready always with an answer to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you. 16. Yet do so with gentleness and fear, having a good conscience, so that wherein they speak in disparagement of you they who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. [verses 13 - 16, see fn. 1] 17. For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that you suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18. Because Christ also died once for sins, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Put to death indeed in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit, 19. in which also he went and preached to those spirits that were in prison. [fn. 2] 20. These in times past had been disobedient when the patience of God waited in the days of Noe [Noah] while the ark was building. In that ark a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water. 21. Its counterpart, Baptism now saves you also (not the putting off of the filth of the flesh [the water is referred to], but the inquiry [response] of a good conscience after God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ; 22. who is at the right hand of God, swallowing up death that we might be made heirs of eternal life; for he went into heaven, Angels, Powers and Virtues being made subject to him.
The Epiphany is when the Holy and undivided Trinity appeared to confirm the beginning of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's public mission for the next, the last, three and one-quarter years of His earthly life. That mission was for one objective, which is the salvation of those who believe in Him. He came to exhaust the sins of those are redeemed by His Most Holy Cross. Just as His Circumcision was His first shedding of blood for us, so His Cross is the last. There will never be NOR could there be another sacrifice by which the redeemed are saved.
Eternal redemption. . . By that one sacrifice of his blood, once offered on the cross, Christ our Lord paid and exhibited, once for all, the general price and ransom of all mankind: which no other priest could do. For He alone is our High Priest and the only priest to whom we owe obedience.
9:13 For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer, being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh:
9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?
9:15 And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death for the redemption of those transgressions which were under the former testament, they that are called ay receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
9:16 For where there is a testament the death of the testator must of necessity come in.
9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is as yet of no strength, whilst the testator liveth.
9:18 Whereupon neither was the first indeed dedicated without blood.
9:19 For when every commandment of the law had been read by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the ook itself and all the people.
9:20 Saying: This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
9:21 The tabernacle also and all the vessels of the ministry, in like manner, he sprinkled with blood.
9:22 And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed with blood: and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
9:23 It is necessary therefore that the patterns of heavenly things should be cleansed with these: but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
9:24 For Jesus is not entered into the Holies made with hands, the patterns of the true: but into Heaven itself, that he may appear now in the presence of God for us.
9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the Holies every year with the blood of others:
Offer himself often. . . Christ shall never more offer himself in sacrifice, in that violent, painful, and bloody manner, nor can there be any occasion for it: since by that one sacrifice upon His Cross, he has furnished the full ransom, redemption, and remedy for all the sins of the world. But this hinders not that He, by the Holy Spirit, makes Himself daily present in the sacred Eucharist in the bread and cup given us by God and His power alone and not by any pretended power of men, that sacred Presence whom we receive in faith with all thanksgiving.
9:26 For then he ought to have suffered often from the beginning of the world. But now once, at the end of ages, he hath appeared for the destruction of sin by the sacrifice of himself.
9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment:
9:28 So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many. The second time he shall appear without sin to them that expect him unto salvation.Muslims are encouraged to come to Christ, who they already confess as the Messiah, as Islam in the Holy Qur'an teaches, just as the Holy Bible teaches, and receive baptism in Christ and come to the Lord's table and receive the Eucharist. (See: The Final Trial)
To exhaust. . .That is, to empty, or draw out to the very bottom, by a plentiful and perfect redemption.Second time. . .The Parousia, Nuzul i Isa in Arabic, the Second Coming of Christ from heaven with all the elect angels of God.Jesus Christ said:
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.Matthew 26:28
For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.
Let not the throne of iniquity have fellowship with Thee, which maketh mischief in the name of the law. They shall hunt down the soul of the righteous man, and the innocent blood shall they condemn. Yea, the Lord is become my refuge, and my God the helper of my hope. And the Lord shall give back to them their own iniquity, and according to their wickedness the Lord God shall make them to be seen no more.