Eucharist


Eucharist
The word used on the basis of 1 Cor. 14:16 (‘your thanksgiving[[➝ thanksgiving sacrifice]]) from early in the 2nd cent. for the principal rite of Christian fellowship, or communion. At the Lord's Supper Jesus gave thanks (Luke 22:17) and the Christian rite is essentially an act of thanksgiving for the whole of God's work in creation and redemption. The Jewish rite of the blessing of bread, as used by Jesus, took the form of a thanksgiving to God. The narratives of the feeding of the multitudes by Jesus (e.g. Matt. 14:19) may have been influenced by the Church's Eucharistic celebrations.

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  • Eucharist —     Eucharist     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Eucharist     (Gr. eucharistia, thanksgiving).     The name given to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in its twofold aspect of sacrament and Sacrifice of Mass, and in which Jesus Christ is truly… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Eucharist — Eu cha*rist, n. [L. eucharistia, Gr. e ycharisti a, lit., a giving of thanks; e y^ + cha ris favor, grace, thanks; akin to chai rein to rejoice, and prob. to yearn: cf. F. eucharistie.] 1. The act of giving thanks; thanksgiving. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eucharist — [yo͞o′kə rist] n. [ME eukarist < OFr eucariste < LL(Ec) eucharistia < Gr, gratitude (in N.T., the Eucharist) < eucharistos, grateful < eu , well (see EU ) + charizesthai, to show favor to] 1. the central Christian rite in which… …   English World dictionary

  • Eucharist — sacrament of the Lord s Supper, the Communion, mid 14c., from O.Fr. eucariste, from L.L. eucharistia, from Gk. eukharistia thanksgiving, gratitude, later the Lord s Supper, from eukharistos grateful, from eu well (see EU (Cf. eu )) + stem of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Eucharist — ► NOUN 1) the Christian ceremony commemorating the Last Supper, in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed. 2) the consecrated elements, especially the bread. DERIVATIVES Eucharistic adjective. ORIGIN Greek eukharistia thanksgiving , from… …   English terms dictionary

  • Eucharist — For Eucharistic liturgies, see Christian liturgy. Most Precious Blood redirects here. For other uses, see Most Precious Blood (disambiguation). For other uses, see Eucharist (disambiguation). The institution of the Eucharist has been a key theme… …   Wikipedia

  • Eucharist — Eucharistic, Eucharistical, adj. Eucharistically, adv. /yooh keuh rist/, n. 1. the sacrament of Holy Communion; the sacrifice of the Mass; the Lord s Supper. 2. the consecrated elements of the Holy Communion, esp. the bread. 3. (l.c.) the giving… …   Universalium

  • Eucharist — It is the sacrament of Thanksgiving or of Holy Communion. Our Lord Christ established it in Person (Matt. 26:26). The whole congregation participate with the celebrant and deacons together in the Eucharist s prayers and Hymns. Although all… …   Dictionary of church terms

  • Eucharist — n. to celebrate; give; receive the Eucharist * * * give receive the Eucharist to celebrate …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Eucharist — noun Etymology: Middle English eukarist, from Anglo French eukariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek, Eucharist, gratitude, from eucharistos grateful, from eu + charizesthai to show favor, from charis favor, grace, gratitude; akin to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Eucharist — Synonyms and related words: Communion, Holy Communion, Host, Last Supper, Sacrament Sunday, altar bread, baptism, bread, bread and wine, confirmation, consecrated bread, consecrated elements, consubstantiation, elements, extreme unction, holy… …   Moby Thesaurus


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