teachings by the Fathers of the Church
Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church
On the Mysteries
Fathers of the Church - St Ambrose of Milan (c. 333 - 397 A.D.)
" Perhaps you will say, 'I see something else, how is it that you assert that I receive the Body of Christ?' And this is the point which remains for us to prove. And what evidence shall we make use of? Let us prove that this is not what nature made, but what the blessing consecrated, and the power of blessing is greater than that of nature, because by blessing nature itself is changed...The Lord Jesus Himself proclaims: 'This is My Body.' Before the blessing of the heavenly words another nature is spoken of, after the consecration the Body is signified. He Himself speaks of His Blood. Before the consecration it has another name, after it is called Blood. And you say, Amen, that is, It is true. Let the heart within confess what the mouth utters, let the soul feel what the voice speaks."
Holy Eucharist teachings by the Fathers of the Church - St Ambrose of Milan (c. 333 - 397 A.D.)