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DOCTRINE

OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST. “Christ was once offered."—Heb. ix, 28.

What then? Do not we [Christians ) daily offer? We do offer, but making a memorial of His death. And this is one and not many. How one and not many? Because it was once offered, as was that which was brought into the Holy of Holies. This is a type of that, and this itself of that. For we always offer the same; not now one animal, to-morrow another, but always the same thing. So then the sacrifice is one. Else, since it is offered in many places, there were many Christs. But no. There is but one Christ every where, here fully, and there fully, one Body. As then He, being offered in many places, is one Body, and not many bodies, so also there is one sacrifice. Our High Priest is He, who offered the sacri. fice which cleanseth us. That same sacrifice which was then also offered, we offer now too, that, the inexhaustible. For this is for a memorial of that which took place then. For He saith 'This do, as a memorial of me.' We do not make a different, but always the same sacrifice; or rather we make a memorial of that sacrifice. - S. Chrys. Hom. xvii, on Heb. ix, 28.

“The great clerk and godly preacher, St. John Chry. sostom."-Homilies, 1 b. i, l.

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HOLY OBLATION.

ITS DOCTRINE.

T INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST. THE holy Eucharist was "ordained by

1 Christ Himself," on the evening preceding His crucifixion. The particulars of its appointment are recorded by three of the Evangelists, St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Luke ; as well as by the Apostle St. Paul, who received the account by direct revelation from God.1 Their narratives on the subject, with the exception of that of St. Matthew, are respectively and with great propriety recited in the Communion Service of our Church, on the Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Passion Week, the latter being the anniversary of its institution. A

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