June 28, 2006

A knife for the Eucharist!

The Orthodox Churches and Eastern Catholic Churches usually call this a "spear". The priest uses it to cut the bread into pieces as part of the preparation for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Its use recalls the knives of Biblical sacrifice. Its name recalls the stabbing open of Christ's side after his death on the cross.


Anonymous CaesarMagnus said...

If you can find it or have it in your monastery library, there is an excellent book called, "The Eucharistic Liturgies of the Eastern Churches" by Father Nikolaus Liesel, published by Liturgical Press back in the early 1960's. It is a great book that basically goes through several rites with a blow by blow pictoral description.
It has the Coptic, Ethiopic, Syrian, Malankarese, Maronite, Greek, Melkite, Russian, Ruthenian, Chaldean, Malabarese, and Armenian Rites.
The actions and symbolism in these rites are absolutely amazing! It makes the Roman rites look rather simple by comparison.
If you can find it, it is well worth a look.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Doogie said...

Yeah, it's amazing how those rites have managed to keep deep, profound, meditative spirituality alive in their parishes.

They are the the last places you'll find rainbox sashes.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Flambeaux said...

Although current scuttlebutt is that some within those Churches are now pushing for ICEL-1970s quality renderings of their Liturgies.

One ByzCath wag of my acquaintance commented that "We do everything you Romans do, 40 years later."

Needless to say, he's not happy.

9:23 AM  

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