The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Anglican Tradition

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The eucharist is one of the central acts of worship for Christians — some would say the most important. Yet within the many traditions of Christianity, there appears to be no united voice —even in an age like ours in which ecumenical agreements unthinkable until recently have sought convergence and achieved it.
Anglicans have often been described as occupying a 'middle ground' between Catholics and Protestants. They have even been criticised ...

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Overview

The eucharist is one of the central acts of worship for Christians — some would say the most important. Yet within the many traditions of Christianity, there appears to be no united voice —even in an age like ours in which ecumenical agreements unthinkable until recently have sought convergence and achieved it.
Anglicans have often been described as occupying a 'middle ground' between Catholics and Protestants. They have even been criticised for being woolly!
In this well-presented and readable book, two scholars have set out to chart an Anglican course through the key-areas of eucharistic presence and sacrifice — how Jesus is present at the Supper and how the celebration relates to the self-offering of
Christ. They quote many authors from different viewpoints over the past four hundred years — including poets. They tell a story that is rich and varied. And they make accessible to a fresh generation what it means to define, sift, probe and discuss the meaning of the Holy Communion, yet still hold on to that vital aspect of all Christian belonging and living — the mystery of Christ Himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853111136
  • Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. 1 The Mystery of Presence
I What Happens at Holy Communion? Anglican Answers 3
II Mystery, Materials and Grace 11
III Parameters for the Meaning of 'Real' 21
IV Mystery - and Reason? 24
V The Richness of the Mystery 35
VI Mystery, Morality and Practicality 47
VII The Plurality of the Mystery - Convaluation 75
VIII The Plurality of the Mystery - Relationship 85
IX A Singularity of Fact 89
Conclusion 94
Notes to Part One 99
Pt. 2 The Mystery of Sacrifice
I Origins and Development 107
II A Doctrine Adapted, Not Rejected 112
III Cross and Altar 118
IV Time and Eternity 123
V A Memorial Sacrifice 126
VI A Covenant Renewal 139
VII A Heavenly Offering 151
VIII The Unbloody Sacrifice 163
IX Two Case-Studies: 1. Lancelot Andrewes 167
X Two Case-Studies: 2. John & Charles Wesley 171
XI Two Catalysts 175
XII Ecumenical Statements 178
XIII Retrospect and Prospect 181
XIV Anglican Identity? 188
Notes to Part Two 192
Index of Names 203
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