American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sacrament and the central act of worship in many Christian churches, which was instituted at the Last Supper and in which bread and wine are consecrated and consumed in remembrance of Jesus's death; Communion.
- n. The consecrated elements of this rite; Communion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of giving thanks; thanksgiving.
- n. The sacrament of the Lord's supper; the communion; the sacrifice of the mass. See communion, mass, and transubstantiation.
- n. The consecrated elements in the Lord's supper.
- n. The Christian sacrament of Holy Communion.
- n. by extension A Christian religious service in which this sacrament is enacted.
- n. The substances received during this sacrament, namely the bread and wine, seen as Christ’s body and blood.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The act of giving thanks; thanksgiving.
- n. (Eccl.) The sacrament of the Lord's Supper; the solemn act of ceremony of commemorating the death of Christ, in the use of bread and wine, as the appointed emblems; the communion.
- n. a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
- From Middle English eukariste, from Old French, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Ancient Greek εὐχαριστία (eukharistia, "gratitude, giving of thanks") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English eukarist, from Old French eucariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek eukharistiā, from eukharistos, grateful, thankful : eu-, eu- + kharizesthai, to show favor (from kharis, grace; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the doctrine concern the two kinds, (in the Eucharist,) he adduced the history of the sons of Eli, who desired bread to eat; and wished to prove by it, that it becomes laymen to be satisfied with the mere bread in the _Eucharist_.”
“I really liked how the authors chose to use the term Eucharist "the Good Gift" instead of the term Gospel "the Good News.”
“Outside of the Episcopal church, the term Eucharist isn't used very often.”
“The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a magnet drawing lost sheep home and keeping would-be strays from the deathly snows outside.”
“Even the taking of the Eucharist is an alchemical ritual, in which the divine body is subsumed into the individual body in order to bring the individual into closer contact with the divine.”
“Receiving the Eucharist is a privilege not a right.”
“I suppose this may have been to bypass controversies about whether the Eucharist is a matter of transubstantiation, consubstantiation, or just as symbolic remembrance (as I was taught).”
“The mention of the Eucharist is also one of the novel's biggest disappointments: we learn that the Appalachian government actually spikes the communion wafers with opium in order to keep people addicted to church.”
“Every person gets the same personal message, like “the body of Christ” when the Eucharist is distributed.”
“As Fr. James T O'Connor puts it in his magnificent book, The Hidden Manna (Ignatius Press, 2005; 2nd edition): Our union with him in the Eucharist is like a marriage.”
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