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Kelly wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm trying to explain the doctrine of the Real Presence in the Lord's Supper to some memorialist friends of mine. Specifically, I'd like help expounding on Jesus' words:

19 Do this in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19)

I've heard it said, by others who also confess the Real Presence, that Jesus' words do not necessarily indicate a mere human recollection, but can also be read:

"Do this as my remembrance" (the implication being: Jesus' remembrance of us.)

  • I thought this was an interesting take on these verse, so I was wonder if there any historical precedence for a specific interpretation of this passage?

Another take on the concept of the remembrance is the comparison to the Passover — the idea that celebrating it wasn't just a memory exercise for the Jewish people, but that it somehow actually connected them to the events that were described.

  • Do you have any thoughts on this comparison?



  { Is there a historical precedence for a specific interpretation of Luke 22:19 on remembrance? }

John replied:

Hi, Kelly —

The Greek word translated remembrance is anamnesis. It is a complex word. It means to make present. So when we celebrate the Eucharist, we make present the Once for all Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. The Resurrection is also made present and we are also present at the Heavenly liturgy taking place as described in Revelation 4 and 5 and Hebrews 12.

Like the Jews, we participate in the event; we enter into the Mystery. The Catholic understanding of the Real Presence is not like any Protestant notion. We believe the sacramental Presence remains after the remaining consecrated hosts are put back in the tabernacle. At the consecration, what was bread and wine, becomes the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ present under, what appears to be, bread and wine.

Nevertheless, the bread and wine are no longer there, their appearance or accidents (taste, touch, smell and look) remain. The substance is Jesus Christ. We call this Transubstantiation and this can only take place in a Church that has retained valid Holy Orders and Apostolic succession.

No Protestant church falls into that category.


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