Day Thirteen: Eucharist

A word about communion.

Nearly Orthodox1

late Middle English: from Old French eucariste, based on ecclesiastical Greek eukharistia ‘thanksgiving,’ from Greek eukharistos ‘grateful,’ from eu ‘well’ + kharizesthai‘offer graciously’ (from kharis ‘grace’).

I could toss around the word, “transubstantiation” all day long. The word clung to me for years as I wandered from my Catholic upbringing. I can remember key historical dates, some stories of the Saints, major doctrines of the church and the idea of “transubstantiation” which I always imagined to be that one moment when the bread and the wine turned into body and blood. I imagined a ray of light streaming down, changing the elements, making them into something new. When I first began my catechism I asked Father Gregory about transubstantiation and he waved me off. The Orthodox do not use this term, choosing instead to let it remain a holy mystery. I chalked it up to the Western mind…

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