- Hello...this is my first posting to this group. I have been wondering
about the bread & wine that is turned into the body & blood by the Holy
Question: 1) This whole re-inactment by the priest...is the priest
sacrificing Christ again in a bloodless way?
2)Or, is it an re-inactment of the life of Christ from His birth to the
crucifixion and that we, as christians, are to remember this act for
the forgiveness of our sins?
3) What are the differences between Orthodox and the RCism in this same
Some pressing questions that are needed to be answered.
- There is some discussion of this topic in "Faith and Holiness:
Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue, 1959-1994" by Risto Saarinen available on
Also in the Common Statement of the 13th Session of the Lutheran â"
Orthodox Joint Commission held 2-9 November 2006 in Bratislava, Slovak
Republic, which can be found here:
In my own understanding, the Divine Liturgy is not a re-sacrificing,
it is an entering into the single, eternal sacrifice of the Son.
Remember, time is a created thing. So, Calvary is a sacrifice of the
eternal now, as well as an event that took place circa 33 AD.
The Divine Liturgy, as all things in an incarnational religion,
carries various 'charges'. There is the historical: this act or
prayer was added for this reason. There is also a mystagogical piety
that has been seen in the various actions. As in life and in the
events recorded in the Old Testament, there are no such thing as
coincidences in liturgics either. The Liturgy has 'carried' or
'revealed' other meanings fit for different people at different times
for different purposes. None of this is dogmatized, but mystagogical
interpretations (and they often contradict each others' schemata) are
an ancient reality of the Church. Some see, for instance, the Small
Entrance as the beginning of Christ's work; the Great Entrance is seen
as the offering on the Cross, etc.
I have no idea of how the RCC would view any of this, though I would
assume the Eastern Rite churches would agree with Orthodoxy on these
Welcome to the list.
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> Hello...this is my first posting to this group. I have been wondering
> about the bread & wine that is turned into the body & blood by the Holy
> Question: 1) This whole re-inactment by the priest...is the priest
> sacrificing Christ again in a bloodless way?
> 2)Or, is it an re-inactment of the life of Christ from His birth to the
> crucifixion and that we, as christians, are to remember this act for
> the forgiveness of our sins?
> 3) What are the differences between Orthodox and the RCism in this same
> Some pressing questions that are needed to be answered.
> Thank you.