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Explain the term the Eucharist.

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A1: Explain the term the Eucharist The term the Eucharist comes from the Greek words 'Eu' and 'thantios' meaning thanksgiving. As Christians we celebrate the Eucharist in memory of Jesus' life and the good work he did. The breaking of the bread and drinking of the wine is a symbol of Jesus' body and blood. We give thanks for Jesus sacrificing his life to save us from sin and temptation. During the Eucharist we break the bread and drink the wine in response to this commandment: "Do this in memory of me." In different Christian denominations the Eucharist can be referred to as other names according to different Christian beliefs. 1. Holy Communion The sharing of the bread and the wine symbolises Christian fellowship for all those who believe in Jesus Christ our savior. The communion or sharing represents closeness between Christians and symbolises unity. 2. The Eucharist Christians give thanks to Jesus and we show our appreciation through celebrating the Eucharist regularly. The bread and the wine are the fruits of the harvest, and work of mankind. This portrays a deeper more spiritual symbolism for the life, and work of Jesus, and also the gift that Jesus made of himself at the Last Supper meal. 3. The Lord's supper This title brings a direct meaning to obeying the commandment: "Do this in memory of me..." Some Christian groups also decide to call this act of worship the Lords supper, as it is the nearest title, which is in the New Testament. ...read more.

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Luke shows the importance of the Passover meal and the new covenant in the number of times he mentions it in his account. "He will show you a large upper room, all furnished make preparations there." Here Jesus explains to the disciples to go and make preparations for the Passover meal. Luke shows the great importance of the Passover meal as the fact that the disciples were sent ahead to make preparations. This portrays the meaning of a great Passover meal. "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Jesus says to his disciples before he eats the meal, from Jesus saying this shows that there is an element of something special, which is going to happen. "Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples." A special room was set aside for the Passover meal, showing the importance of this particular celebration. So we can see how by linking the Old Testament Passover with the Last Supper in the New Testament that there is a clear link between the sacrificial lamb and the body and the blood of Christ. Moses told the families to kill a lamb and smear it's blood onto the door, then this would prevent the death of the eldest son. Jesus sacrificed his life to save or prevent us from sin this the relationship between the lamb and Jesus. ...read more.

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Mother Theresa is a great example of an ordinary person setting up a team striving to enable poor people to enjoy a better quality of life. Throughout her life she spent time gathering the lame, sick and dying from the streets of Calcutta and taking them back to the sanctuary of her Centre. Even though many were close to death she offered compassion and support showing them love at a time when they most needed it. Mother Theresa and her followers possessed very few personal items to show that she was equal to the poor people she cared and looked after. There are many ways in which the Eucharist is understood but the main thing is that we try to apply good Christian knowledge to everyday life. C: "The Eucharist must be celebrated regularly."Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer, and show that you have thought about different points of views. The Eucharist must be celebrated regularly as it is in response to the commandment "Do this in memory of me." However in this commandment Jesus did not say how often he wanted us to celebrate the Eucharist. So regularly could be understood in various contexts. For example once every year or once every month. Some people feel that by celebrating the Eucharist it proves their Christian faith, this maybe because they do not attend church regularly and may not live a Christian life. In disagreement to this point some people feel that you do not need to prove your faith by celebrating the Eucharist. ...read more.

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