The Holy Eucharist
There is so much heated division on exactly what the Holy Sacrament of “[The Eucharist] is all about that it can be confusing and downright baffling for the unenlightened. We are hearing everything from “It is only a ceremonial remembrance” to “It is the actual physical flesh and blood of Christ” and just about everything in-between.
I won’t even attempt to explain what other Jurisdictions and churches believe, in most cases I don’t think they even know themselves!
I would however like (for the record) to share with you what we (The Independent Reformed Catholic Church) believe and call:
1. First we wholeheartedly and without reservation accept by faith that this most Holy Sacrament is a mystical communion between heaven and earth, eternity and time, which come together to be perpetually united where God and man fully meet and are forever united and coexist in harmony and reconciliation.
2. We accept that Jesus Christ is really present to us in our time and where we are brought up through communion with Christ into the living presence of God in the eternal communion of the Holy Trinity.
3. We fully accept that the mystery of the Eucharist is not understood in terms of physical relations between Christ and the Eucharist, but in terms of our faithful participation through the Spiritual effectuation of grace in who Christ, the Lamb of God, is in respect both from the Father towards mankind and from mankind towards the Father.
This is the very reason Jesus prayed at the institution of the Eucharist that we may be one with him as he is one with us, sharing with him in the oneness which he has with the Father.
This surely means that the [Real Presence] which Christ grants to us in the Eucharist is the most intensive kind of presence there could ever be. We become one ‘in actuality’ with the divine heavenly presence of God through our faith and belief as Christ's chosen disciples.
4. All this being truth, we accept that The Eucharist then is a memorial but much more than that. It is a convergence or union of God's Divine spiritual existence in the being of the holy essence of the second reality of the Trinity, His son Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
5. We further testify the truth that it is a divine spiritual transcendence of the holy essence of Christ in immanence of the person of Jesus Christ upon His people.
6. We accept and fully realize It is NOT a necessity that the elements become actual corruptible flesh and blood, it is divinely empowered in the incorruptible state with the pure, holy essence of Jesus the Christ in all of His divine glory
7. We affirm that when God’s people gather to worship as the “Body of Christ”, the Eucharist is the central act of Christian worship as God has revealed Himself to us.
We wish to enter no argument or contention with any other body of believers, other Jurisdictions or ecclesia who may hold different belief. You are welcomed to believe what you wish, we prefer believing the truth.