Holy Thursday: Institution of Eucharist

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that 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.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” – I Corinthians 11:23-26.

imageOn Holy Thursday, we commemorate the Institution of the Eucharist, commonly referred to as Holy Communion. In celebrating the Divine Liturgy and receiving Communion, we are united with Christ and filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit. In the Eucharist, we are reminded that God loves us so much that He died for us. In receiving the Eucharist, we reciprocally express our love of God. The Eucharist is the opportunity to be in the presence of the Divine God in this life in preparation for eternal life with God in the next.

“Do this in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this Bread and drink this Cup, you proclaim my death, and you confess my resurrection. Therefore, Master, we also, remembering His saving passion and life giving cross, His three; day burial and resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, and enthronement at Your right hand, God and Father, and His glorious and awesome second coming” – Excerpt from the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.

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