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HISTORY of Christian Theology

refers to both the bread and wine consumed in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and to this sacred rite itself. The term comes from the Greek word meaning “thanksgiving” which is associated with this sacred meal from it growing out of the Jewish Passover meal of thanksgiving. The Eucharist is a central Christian ritual based on the Lord’s last Passover supper with his Apostles where he stated that the bread and wine represents his flesh and blood. This celebratory rite is also referred to as: Communion, the sacrament of the alter, Mass, the Lord’s Supper, and simple the sacrament. The manner, meaning and effect of the Eucharist was a highly disputed issue during the Reformation.

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