What Happens In Holy Communion / Edition 1

What Happens In Holy Communion / Edition 1

by Michael Welker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802846025

ISBN-13: 9780802846020

Pub. Date: 11/11/1999

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

All the large churches in the world agree on this: communion is the highest expression of the church unity. Yet it is exactly the act of communion that historically has given rise to vehement controversies among the churches. This new book not only explores the meaning of holy communion but also marks a turning point on the way to common understanding.

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Overview

All the large churches in the world agree on this: communion is the highest expression of the church unity. Yet it is exactly the act of communion that historically has given rise to vehement controversies among the churches. This new book not only explores the meaning of holy communion but also marks a turning point on the way to common understanding.

Welker gives a clear explanation of holy communion based on the biblical tradition and evaluates the ecumenical discourse on communion of the past thirty years. In the process he answers such often posed questions as "What do we mean when we say that Christ is present in communion?" "How are Christ's body and blood connected with bread and wine?" "What is the difference between the Christian Supper and the Jewish Passover meal?" and "Are children allowed to share in communion?"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802846020
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/11/1999
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
856,208
Product dimensions:
0.48(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Happens in Holy Communion?
A High Point of Christian Life—or "a Sad Colloquy" (Kant)?

    PART 1
    Holy Communion: Human Beings Thank God and Symbolically Celebrate a Community Meal in a Jeopardized World

  1. "Do This ..." Who Is Supposed to Do What?
    Symbolic Community Meal – or Merely a Preparation for That Meal?
  2. "In the Night in Which He Was Betrayed ..."
    Threatened Not Only from Outside, but Also from Inside!
  3. "...He Took Bread, Gave Thanks, Broke It, and Gave It to Them Saying: Take and Eat ..."
    We Must Not Separate the Glorification of God from the Mutual Acceptance of Human Beings
  4. "Whoever, Therefore, Eats the Bread or Drinks the Cup of the Lord in an Unworthy Manner ..."
    If God Accepts Human Beings Unconditionally, Even the Community�s Enemies ...How Can Misuse of the Meal Be Prevented?
  5. PART 2
    Holy Communion—Celebration of the Presence of Jesus Christ

  6. "This Is My Body ... This Is My Blood"
    The Much-Disputed "Real Presence" of Christ in the Supper
  7. "As Often as You Eat This Bread and Drink the Cup, You Proclaim Christ�s Death ..."
    What Is Revealed by the Proclamation of Christ�s Cross in the Celebration of the Supper?
  8. You Proclaim Christ�s Death "Until He Comes"
    The Hope for the Complete Revelation of God in the Whole Creation
  9. "Do This in Remembrance of Me"
    Why the Supper Is Not Merely a Meal of Recollection: The Memory of Christ as Gift of the Holy Spirit and as Cultural Power
  10. "Given for You"—"Shed for Many"
    The Community Gathered Here and Now and the Ecumenical Church of All Times and Regions of the World
  11. Liberation from the Power of Sin—or Preservation for Eternal Life?
    An Ecumenical Controversy That Still Impairs the Shared Celebration of the Supper at the Dawn of the Third Millennium
  12. "God�s Peace Be with You!"—"Go in Peace!"
    The Supper as Celebration of Preservation, Liberation, and Renewal
  13. "In the Name of God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"
    The Presence and Activity of the Triune God in the Supper as Source of Spiritual Renewal

Appendix: Documents of the "Growth in Agreement" of Churches on the Global Level in Questions of Holy Communion, in Chronological Order, 1931-1990
Epilogue and Acknowledgments

Indexes
Subjects and Names
Scripture References

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