Magazine article Anglican Journal

A Taste of the Future

Magazine article Anglican Journal

A Taste of the Future

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IT HAS BEEN said that the churches of the Christian West, our Anglican Church included, have tried to establish the meaning and practice of the Eucharist by looking to the past, back at the teaching and practice of Jesus and the apostles. Much ink and, so very sadly, much blood have been spilt in the debate about how and what Jesus did and intended. In this view, the Eucharist is an enactment and experience of what Jesus did long ago.

It has also been said that the Eastern church has avoided the controversies of the West by looking instead to the future. The focus here is on the Book of Revelation and the teaching of the early church elders on what Christ will bring in the Second Coming. The Eucharist's meaning and practice are shaped by the marriage supper of the lamb in the world to come. The Eucharist is an enactment and experience of what Jesus will do in the future. …

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