This food we call the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing for forgiveness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God's Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.
- Justin Martyr (A.D. 103-165)
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I've just finished three very busy months of internal medicine during which I was rarely able to make it to church. Today I have been unusually excited to worship the Lord tomorrow in the midst of the congregation and to share in the blessed sacrament of His body and blood. May we praise Him for the grace he bestows on us in holy communion.