Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sacrament of Sacraments

Fr. Sergius Bulgakov explains here what Holy Communion is.
“Communion with the body and blood is therefore not yet all that the Eucharist signifies as the divine ‘It is finished’, as the sacrificial and abiding Incarnation. It is the sacrament of sacraments, the foundation of all the sacraments, and its accomplishing power is Pentecost, the coming into the world of the Holy Spirit, who ‘shall teach you all the things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you’. 

‘In remembrance of me’ and ‘to bring…to your remembrance’ are closely connected, which is expressed in the fact that the ‘breaking of bread’ appears in the life of the Church only after Pentecost, as the accomplishment of divine-humanity”[1].

[1] Bulgakov, Sergius, The Bride of the Lamb, (Edinburgh, T.&T. Clark, 2002), p. 286

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