Friday, March 15, 2013

The Eucharist: always and everywhere

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope
in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death,
and keep them alive in famine. ~ Psalm 32:18,19

Photo credit:  Fr Lawrence, OP

“Without the Eucharist, the Church would not exist. The holy Eucharist is the central point of our life. I remember once a priest I met. He never talked at great length about the sufferings, persecutions and tortures, but he mentioned that even in prison, all the priests would celebrate the liturgy.
We were amazed; how could this be possible? Where did you get a Chalice and a Paten? He took off his glasses and said: 'This is what we used; one lens served as the chalice with a drop of wine and on the other a piece of bread was placed, which served as the paten.' This is how they celebrated the liturgy in the prison or around the premises of the concentration camps.”

Major-Archbishop Swiatoslav Schevchuk
Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

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