The Roman Catholic Take
The Sacrament: Where we ask the question:
"Do you smoke your
God, do you cannibalize Him, or do you remember what He did for you?"
The Catholic Encyclopedia volume 4 p. 277,
"In celebration of The Holy Mass, the
bread and the wine are changed
(Added: Guess where the magical spell, Hocus
Pocus comes from? Yep, the priest blesses the
elements and speaks the "Holy Enchantment"
of "Hoc est corpus meus" and presto-changeo,
dinner is served!) into the body and
blood of Christ. It is called
Transubstantiation, for the Sacrament of the
Eucharist the substance of bread and wine do not
remain, but the entire substance of the bread is
changed into the body of Christ, and the entire
substance of the wine is changed into His blood,
the species or outwards semblance of bread and
Now that's what I
call HUNGRY FOR GOD!!!
Toke on it:
"I got to see there was a lot of
people like myself who were smoking
pot. "Sacred Sacrament" as Bob
Marley would say and we opposed the
Vietnam War. And it felt really
encouraging to know that I wasn't
alone, that a lot of people, kindred
souls like myself, you know, we
didn't have to hide in alleys
anymore to do the sacrament. Just
like they drink wine at church every
Sunday, you know, it's the same
thing when you smoke a joint. It's
no different, man... We'd accepted a
lot of different teachings because I
was raised a Christian. And we have
moved beyond and through Buddhist
thought and Native American thought.
And we continue to grow and just try
to touch more of who we are inside,
what our essence is and why we're
here... Live your light and Jesus
will be cheering for you. He's no
bigger than us and we're not bigger
than him. We embody the same light.
And to me, if you live your light,
Jesus will give you a high five when
you get to the other side. Sometimes
take the time to ask yourself what
religion is God?"
Now that's what I
call HOLY SMOKE!!!
The Bible Take?
Good Old Saint Paul has the answer on this
one. He got angry watching the people
turning the "Lord's Supper" or
"Communion" from a solemn act into a
reason to party and get drunk. (1Cr
11:19-22) He went on to explain the
correct manner to partake.....
- 30 Greek Translation:
"For as often as ye eat this
bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till he
Whosoever therefore, eats
this bread, or drinks the cup
of the Lord, IN AN UNWORTHY
be guilty of profaning the body and blood
of the Lord.
Let a man examine himself,
and so eat of the
bread, and drink of the cup.
For any one who eats and drinks
the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.
That is why MANY OF YOU are weak
and ill, and some have died."
*The key to understanding how
to take the Holy Communion is in
Here's the simple answer: Consider the act of
Communion and discern what the elements
in the bread and the wine mean.
blood (wine symbolism) spilled out to
cover our sins.
Christ's body (bread
symbolism) took on every sickness and
to cover our health. (Isa 53:5 But he [was] wounded for our
transgressions, [he was] bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace [was] upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed.)
Learn to take Communion at home:
Consider the opening words of verse 26:
"For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup"
it's clear this act was meant to take anytime YOU need it.
Anytime you feel like "Communing" with Jesus by giving thanks, and
devotion for what he did for your sorry soul. By properly
remembering and discerning the elements, Jesus promises to
rejuvenate your spirit and your body! Amen!
epistles of Paul the Apostle (d. 64–67)
are the earliest documents in the New
Testament. He recalled for the
Corinthians the Last Supper to indicate
how they should celebrate the Lord's
it recounts his humble act of washing the
disciples' feet, the prophecy of the betrayal,
which set in motion the events that would lead
to the cross, and his long discourse in response
to some questions posed by his followers, in
which he went on to speak of the importance of
the unity of the disciples with him and each
The expression The Lord's Supper, derived from
St. Paul's usage in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, may
have originally referred to the Agape feast, the
shared communal meal with which the Eucharist
was originally associated. The Agape feast is
mentioned in Jude 12. But The Lord's Supper is
now commonly used in reference to a celebration
involving no food other than the sacramental
bread and wine.
Early Christian sources
The Didache (Greek: teaching) is an early Church
order, including, among other features,
instructions for Baptism and the Eucharist. Most
scholars date it to the early 2nd century. Two
separate Eucharistic traditions appear in the
Didache, the earlier tradition in chapter 10 and
the later one preceding it in chapter 9. The
Eucharist is mentioned again in chapter 14.
Ignatius of Antioch, one of the Apostolic
Fathers and a direct disciple of the Apostle
John, mentions the Eucharist as "the flesh of
our Saviour Jesus Christ", and Justin Martyr
speaks of it as more than a meal: "the food over
which the prayer of thanksgiving, the word
received from Christ, has been said ... is the
flesh and blood of this Jesus who became flesh
... and the deacons carry some to those who are
Many Christian denominations classify the
Eucharist as a sacrament. Some Protestants
prefer to call it an ordinance, viewing it not
as a specific channel of divine grace but as an
expression of faith and of obedience to Christ.
Most Christians, even those who deny that there
is any real change in the elements used,
recognize a special presence of Christ in this
rite, though they differ about exactly how,
where, and when Christ is present. Roman
Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy teach that the
consecrated elements truly become the body and
blood of Jesus Christ. Transubstantiation is the
metaphysical explanation given by Roman
Catholics as to how this transformation occurs.
Lutherans believe that the body and blood of
Jesus are present "in, with and under" the forms
of bread and wine, a concept known as the
sacramental union. The Reformed churches,
following the teachings of John Calvin, believe
in a spiritual (or "pneumatic") real presence of
Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and
received by faith. Anglicans adhere to a range
of views although the Anglican church officially
teaches the real presence. Some Christians
reject the concept of the real presence,
believing that the Eucharist is only a memorial
of the death of Christ.
The Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry document of
the World Council of Churches, attempting to
present the common understanding of the
Eucharist on the part of the generality of
Christians, describes it as "essentially the
sacrament of the gift which God makes to us in
Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit",
"Thanksgiving to the Father", "Anamnesis or
Memorial of Christ", "the sacrament of the
unique sacrifice of Christ, who ever lives to
make intercession for us", "the sacrament of the
body and blood of Christ, the sacrament of his
real presence", "Invocation of the Spirit",
"Communion of the Faithful", and "Meal of the
The Eucharist, also called Holy Communion, Sacrament of
the Table, the Blessed Sacrament, or The Lord's Supper
and other names, is a Christian sacrament or ordinance,
generally considered to be a commemoration of the Last
Supper, the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his
disciples before his arrest and eventual crucifixion.
The consecration of bread and a cup within the rite
recalls the moment at the Last Supper when Jesus gave
his disciples bread, saying, "This is my body", and
wine, saying, "This is my blood".
There are different interpretations of the significance
of the Eucharist, but "there is more of a consensus
among Christians about the meaning of the Eucharist than
would appear from the confessional debates over the
sacramental presence, the effects of the Eucharist, and
the proper auspices under which it may be celebrated."
The phrase "the Eucharist" may refer not only to the
rite but also to the bread and wine (or, in some
Protestant denominations morally opposed to the
consumption of alcohol, unfermented grape juice) used in
the rite, and, in this sense, communicants may speak of
"receiving the Eucharist", as well as "celebrating the
The Greek noun eucharistía derives from eú- "good, well"
+ cháris "favor, grace". Eucharistéō is the usual verb
for "to thank" in the Septuagint and New Testament. It
is found in the major texts concerning the Lord's
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered
to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was
betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks (eucharistéō),
He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for
you; do this in remembrance of Me." (1 Corinthians
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks (eucharistéō),
He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He
said to them, "This is My blood of the covenant, which
is poured out for many." (Mark 14:23-24, NASB)
"The Lord's Supper" derives from 1 Corinthians 11:20-21.
When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you
eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without
waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another
"Communion" is a translation of the Greek koinōnía (κοινωνία),
found in 1 Corinthians 10:16. The word κοινωνία is
commonly translated "fellowship" in other contexts.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the
communion (koinōnía) of the blood of Christ? The bread
which we break, is it not the communion (koinōnía) of
the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16, KJV)
The Last Supper appears in all three Synoptic Gospels:
Matthew, Mark, and Luke; and in the First Epistle to the
Corinthians, while the last-named of these also
indicates something of how early Christians celebrated
what Paul the Apostle called the Lord's Supper.
Paul the Apostle and the Lord's Supper
The epistles of Paul the Apostle (d. 64–67) are the
earliest documents in the New Testament. He recalled for
the Corinthians the Last Supper to indicate how they
should celebrate the Lord's Supper.
In his First Epistle to the Corinthians (c 54-55), Paul
the Apostle gives the earliest recorded description of
Jesus' Last Supper: "The Lord Jesus on the night when he
was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks,
he broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for
you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also
the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new
covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me'."
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