Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Father Alexander Schmemann on the Eucharistic Gifts

"[T]he purpose of the Church and of her sacraments is not to "sacralize" portions and elements of matter and by making them sacred or holy to oppose them to the profane ones.  Instead her purpose is to make man's life communion with God, knowledge of God, ascension toward God's Kingdom; the Eucharistic Gifts are the means of that communion, the food of that new life, but they are not an end in themselves.  For the Kingdom of God is "not food and drink but joy and peace in the Holy Spirit."

-- from "Great Lent:  Journey to Pascha"

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