Modern Believing

HUNGER AND THE ORIGINS OF THE EUCHARIST

Modern Believing (2020), 61, (3), 239–250.

Abstract

Eucharistic prayers characteristically describe the eucharist as originating with the Last Supper. This has been the usual account since the end of the second century but it does not provide adequate reasons for continuing the practice today. At first it was understood as a continuation of the shared meals established by Jesus in the context of widespread hunger. By reaffirming this element of the eucharist, and the theology behind it, churches could present it as meaningful today.

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Clatworthy, Jonathan

Clatworthy, Jonathan