Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments (Second Edition)

Chapter 5: History of the Eucharist

 

History of the Eucharist

Film Focus: This video, presented by Breaking in the Habit, discusses the development of the liturgy in the over two thousand years of the Catholic Church. The video frames its observations around Henri de Lubac’s division of history of the Eucharist into two epochs.

Text Focus: Pages 144–148

Discussion Questions:

  1. According to Henri de Lubac, what are the two major epochs in the history of the Eucharist? What did the Church say about the liturgy in each of these epochs?
  2. When celebrating the liturgy, what was the main concern of the Church in the first millennia? When celebrating the liturgy, what has been the main concern of the Church in the second millennia?
  3. What was the role of the priest, bishops, and community in each of these epochs?
  4. What are some of the unchanging dogmatic statements that the Church has maintained about the Eucharist?

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