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Christian Symbol and RitualAn Introduction$
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Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195154118.001.0001

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Rituals of Prayer, Worship, and the Eucharist

Rituals of Prayer, Worship, and the Eucharist

(p.87) 5 Rituals of Prayer, Worship, and the Eucharist
Christian Symbol and Ritual

Bernard Cooke

Gary Macy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

From the very beginning, Christians have gathered together every week to pray together, read from their sacred texts (the Word of God) and interpret those readings, and to share a ritual meal. This is exemplified in the different names given to the ritual including “Lord’s Supper” and “Mass”. In this ritual, Christians believe that the risen Christ is present to them, although they differ greatly in their understanding of how the risen Christ makes that presence felt. This chapter describes the history and theology of this ritual, noting those areas where Christians disagree on the meaning and practice of this central ceremony.

Keywords:   Lord’s Supper, Mass, real presence, Word of God

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