Rituals of Prayer, Worship, and the Eucharist

Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

in Christian Symbol and Ritual

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195154115
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835591 | DOI:
Rituals of Prayer, Worship, and the Eucharist

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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

Chapter.  9254 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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