I keep a Saltine or some other cracker
Yet when they pray the Epiclesis
And in fact the Saltine or some other cracker,
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Michael J. Himes describes the "sacramental principle: that which is always and everywhere the case [God's grace] must be noticed, accepted, and celebrated somewhere, sometime.” I do not understand why a position in front of a computer monitor or a cell phone cannot be such a place in which God's Incarnate, physical, material reality is manifested and beheld.
Alexander Schmemann writes, “At the end of the Twelfth Century a Latin theologian, Berengarius of Tours, was condemned for his teaching on the Eucharist. He maintained that because the presence of Christ in the Eucharist elements is ‘mystical’ or ‘symbolic,’ it is not real. The Lateran Council . . . condemned him and . . . simply reversed the formula. It proclaimed that since Christ’s presence in the Eucharist is real, it is not ‘mystical.’ . . . Western theology thus declared that . . . [the] ‘mystical’ or ‘symbolic’ is not real, whereas . . . [the] ‘real’ is not symbolic. This was . . . the collapse of the fundamental Christian mysterion, the antinomical ‘holding together’ of the reality of the symbol and of the symbolism of reality, . . . a collapse of . . . Christian . . . ontological sacramentality.” I fear that requiring God to act only in a particular building leads us toward superstition, the collapse of the mysterion, by making the Eucharist the produce of human, rather than divine, management.
I do not think anyone has the wisdom or right to tell me that in fact I do not experience the Real Presence when I accept bread and wine after hearing the words of consecration, etc, from the priest.
Vern Barnet“If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy. For as a heretic, you are only guilty of a wrong opinion. As a schismatic, you have torn and divided the body of Christ. Choose heresy every time.” — The Rt. Rev. Peter J. Lee
a memorial or a sacrifice? Is the ritual a commemoration or is Christ really
present? Is the bread and drink (as in making a toast, the champagne remains
champagne) still bread and drink or is the Body and Blood of the Savior?
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recalls this poem from Emily Dickinson:
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