At the end of this month, the Church will celebrate a most important feast – The Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. Fr Gabriel Julien offers some thoughts on the Eucharist in a five-part series.
Eucharist comes from the Greek word which means ‘to give thanks’. It is a translation from the Hebrew word for blessing. In the Old Testament, the praise of God was spontaneous especially when God performed some great and magnificent deed.
This action of praise and gratitude is reflected in Genesis 24:27. The book of Exodus 18:9–11 further shows that blessing God could also be a form of public proclamation and an acknowledgement and confession of the power and glory of the Lord.