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Redeemably Awful: The Eucharist as Meal


O Sacrum Convivium, the famous Corpus Christi antiphon, usually attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas, is one of the most popular definitions of what the Eucharist is about. In it the Church exclaims, “O sacred Banquet, wherein Christ is received, the memory of His passion is recalled, the soul is filled with grace, and there is given to us a pledge of future glory.” While the Eucharist is often defined as a sacrifice, here the sacrificial aspect is only alluded to. In this article I aim to reflect on the primary element of this definition, that of the Eucharist as a banquet or meal.

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