Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Multiplicity & Unity in the Eucharist

Many & One. That's what happens in the Eucharist. So splendidly displayed in Raphael's Disputation of the Sacrament, it is also spelndidly sung in the ancient hymn in the Didache, as we read in today's Office of Readings: "Father, we thank thee who hast planted they holy Name within our hearts. Knowledge and faith and life immortal Jesus thy son to us imparts. Thou, Lord, didst make all for thy pleasure, didst give us food for all our days, giving in Christ the Bread eternal; thine is the power, be thine the praise. Watch o'er thy Church, O Lord, in mercy, save it from evil, guard it still, perfect it in thy love, unite it, cleansed and conformed unto they will. As grain, once scattered on the hillsides, was in this broken bread made one, so from all lands thy Church be gatherered into thy kingdom by thy Son!"

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