teachings by the Fathers of the Church
Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church
Epistle to Caecilius on the Sacrament of the Cup of the Lord 4 (253 AD):
Fathers of the Church - St. Cyprian of Carthage
"In the priest Melchizedek we see prefigured the sacrament of the sacrifice of the Lord, according to what divine Scripture testifies, ‘And Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine’…For who is more a priest of the most high God than Our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered a sacrifice to God the Father, and offered that very same thing which Melchizedek had offered, that is, bread and wine, to wit, His body and blood?…In Genesis therefore, that the benediction…might be duly celebrated, the figure of Christ's sacrifice precedes as ordained in bread and wine; which thing the Lord, completing and fulfilling, offered bread and the cup mixed with wine, and so He who is the fullness of truth fulfilled the truth of the image prefigured."
Holy Eucharist teachings by the Fathers of the Church - St. Cyprian of Carthage