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Eucharistic Spirituality
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The attitude of believers to the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood (Eucharist) has changed greatly across the centuries. In the age of the martyrs eucharistic spirituality found a self-evident focus in the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. The purpose of Jesus in its institution determined the approach. The gifts of bread and wine, consecrated by the eucharistic prayer, were distributed to those present. The deacons took them to absentees (the sick or prisoners) (Justin Martyr Apol. 1.67). Laity also took the bread home so as to partake of it during the week. The…

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Heinz, Andreas, “Eucharistic Spirituality”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E506>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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