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Thanksgiving Eucharist

Lord's Supper"Eucharistia" was the Greek word for "thanksgiving" in the Early Church. Christ began, as the celebrant began according to 1 Corinthians 11.24, by giving thanks. Saint Paul wrote, "and when he (Jesus) 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, after supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.'" Justin Martyr (100-160 AD) in about 155 AD described the thanksgiving Eucharist, which he called the crown of the Sunday worship, after the service of Scripture, reading, preaching, and prayers.

Begin with Thanks

John Foster described this in "The First Advance - Church History 1: AD 29-500," "Bread is brought to the President and wine mixed with water. He says a prayer of thanksgiving, as well as he is able, and the congregation say "Amen," which is Hebrew for 'May it be so.'" "The deacons give the bread and wine to all present, and take it to those absent. Those who are well off, and who want to do so, give to the collection. This is placed with the President, and he takes care of orphans, widows, and those ill or otherwise in need, those in prison, and strangers who are staying here. In fact, he becomes the helper of all who are in need." We noted with interest today that all the gifts in total are given away!

"Scripture Reading Preaching"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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