Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church 

Holy Eucharist teachings by the Fathers of the Church - The Work of GodWhen the Lord said "Do this is memory of me ", He commanded the Church to perpetuate his sacrifice on the cross, by means of the Holy Mass.
The Fathers of the Church teach us about the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the Church fathers definition  enlighten our faith on the doctrine of Transubstantiation.

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Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church 
St Jerome (c. 347 - 420 A.D.) dangerous to try to get to heaven without the Bread of Heaven
We are Christians
He goes on to the true Sacrament of the passover, so that just as Melchisedech
There is either the spiritual and divine way

Justin Martyr - Of the sacrifice which we offer
This food we call the Eucharist
The flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus
The Bread of the Eucharist and likewise the cup of the Eucharist
For not as common bread or common drink do we receive these

Cyril of Jerusalem - This is My Body
And that the seeming wine is not wine
That Bread is supersubstantial
The bread becomes the Body of Christ and the wine the Blood of Christ
We become partakers of the divine nature
Who will dare any longer to doubt?
Let faith make you firm 
For whatsoever the Holy Spirit touches, that is sanctified and changed
In summary, we all pray and offer this sacrifice for all who are in need

Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church   
Council of Ephesus 431 - The truly life-giving flesh of the Word Himself

Augustine of Hippo - Believe that you may understand
When we say "Give us this day our daily bread"

Ephrem of Syria (c. 306-73) - Drink of the wine of His blessing

John Damascene (d. 749) - The Eucharist is a fire
The power of the Holy Spirit
Out of the most pure and undefiled blood of the holy and ever Virgin

St Irenaeus - The womb of Our Immaculate Mother Mary
Our way of thinking
Against Heresies 
He affirmed to be his own body
If they do not acknowledge
In every place incense is offered to My name and a pure sacrifice

Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church 
Tertullian (c. 155 - 250 A.D.) - That the soul may be fattened on God
Against Marcion
For we offer to Him His own
The flesh feeds [in the Eucharist] on the body and blood of Christ

The Council of Trent, Section XIII, Decree on the Most Holy Eucharist

St John Chrysostom (344-407) - Christ built the Church from the side of Christ
His word cannot deceive
When you see the Lord immolated and lying upon the altar
Sacrificial Victim
The power and the grace is of God
Do not receive HIM into a filthy soul
What do they become who are partakers therein?
Victim and Sacrifice
You see that same Body, not in a manger, but upon the altar  
Come to the altar and you will see Him
Angels station themselves about him

Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church 
Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr - I want only God's bread
They who deny the gift of God
The medicine of immortality and the antidote against death
Take part only in the one Eucharist I am God's wheat

Your God humbling and disguising Himself
The paschal lamb of the Jews

We are ingesting the Godhead

Dionysius the Carthusian - Life-giving food

St Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 - 216 A.D.) - the blood of the grape
Our sin will not be small
He delivers over his flesh

St. Cyprian of Carthage - A spiritual and heavenly sacrament
Whosoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily
That very same thing which Melchizedek had offered
The Food of Salvation
On the Lord's prayer - He Himself threatens, and says

Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church 
Hilary of Poitiers - On the Trinity - Together with Him our own selves are in God

Basil - It is good and beneficial to communicate every day

St.Athanasius - The Word descends on the bread and the cup
Sermon to the Newly Baptized

St Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 - 394 A.D.) He disseminates Himself in every believer through that flesh

In an unbloody cutting you cut the Body and Blood of the Lord 
Things of little worth before the blessing 
"Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." 

a beginning of immortality
St. Ambrose of Milan (c.333-397A.D.) He whose word makes holy the sacrifice that is offered."
The power of blessing is greater than that of nature

For our fathers ate spiritual food and drank spiritual drink

Where the consecration has entered in, the bread becomes the flesh of Christ

St. Ambrose of Optina - The greatest miracle of Christ

Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church 
The Didache
14, 1 (C. 90 - 150 AD): But first make confession of your faults

St. Hippolytus of Rome - For when the Gospel is preached

Origen (c. 185 - 254 A.D.) - My flesh is truly food, and My Blood is truly drink
This bread becomes by prayer a Sacred Body
No longer sprinkled with the blood of oxen
Bread which came down from heaven and gives life
Exercise every care lest a particle of it fall  
There is the true food

Clement of Rome (c. 80 A.D.) Our sin will not be small

St Iraneus (c.140-202A.D.)He has declared the cup, a part of creation
Receiving the Word of God, becomes the Eucharist
Two elements, earthly and heavenly

Participation in the Sacrifice
Sacrifices for the dead
thus capable of performing miracles

Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church 
Aphraates the Persian Sage (c. 280 - 345 A.D.) Before He was crucified He gave His blood as drink

St Ephraim (c. 306 - 373 A.D.) If he be a sinner, he will be forgiven
Do what I have done, in memory of Me

St Epiphanius of Salamis (c. 315 - 403 A.D.) The invisible divinity

Theodore of Mopsuestia
(cd. 428 A.D.) Transformed by means of the Eucharistic action

Transformed by the descent of the Holy Spirit
The grace of the remission of our sins
Spiritual and immortal nourishment

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