Memihir Eyob Yimenu's teachings. Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion during the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday. Our Lord Jesus Christ commands the disciples to remember His sacrificial death and triumphant resurrection in their Eucharistic celebration.
In Matthew 26:26-30; Luke 22:19 St. Paul also says, "For as often as you eat this bread, and drink the cup, you do show the Lord`s death till He comes" (1Corinthian 11:26). Because man does not offer it to God, but God to humankind, the Eucharist is a sacrament through which we are far off from the dominance of sin and attain to communion with God (John 6:53-57).
The Eucharist stands at the heart of the early Church's faith and life. Subsequently, a sacrament became a meeting point on which all the issues of theology converge. The Mystery of the Resurrection is the mystery of the eternal life in the world to come after our bodily resurrection from the dead.
This happens at the glorious Second Coming of Christ. Just as every seed must decay first, and then germinate (John 12:24; 1 Corinthian 15:26), so also we all will die and then rise again to enjoy the eschatological hope of the Kingdom.
The Church’s belief in our resurrection is based on the triumphant resurrection of Christ, the first fruit of our resurrection (1 Corinthian 15:20-22). The concluding phrase of the Creed affirms; “And we believe in the resurrection of the dead.”
The Divine Liturgy is the center of Ethiopic worship. It is the gold mine and indispensable core for the Church’s fundamental theology and spirituality. It is a distinctive divine service for it celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus and unceasingly bequeaths to humankind the fruits of the living tree of the cross.
To praise the Almighty God and give thanks to God for the abundance of grace and tremendous gifts, that the gracious Lord has given to us through Jesus Christ. Etymologically, the word Eucharist is derived from the Greek word for thanksgiving. Thus, the Eucharist by its nature is the crown of all celebrations and the climax of worship.
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