Tuesday, September 16, 2003
St. Cyprian of Carthage , Bishop & Martyr (d. 258 AD)
IF YOU THINK THE EUCHARIST IS JUST A SYMBOL...THINK AGAIN!!!
"…that we should not leave unarmed and naked those whom we stir up and exhort to the battle, but should fortify them with the protection of the Blood and of the Body of Christ. And, since the Eucharist is appointed for this that it may be a safeguard for those receiving let us arm with the protection of Divine food those whom we wish to be safe against the adversary... For how do we teach or incite them to shed their blood for the confession of His Name if we deny the blood of Christ to those who are about to fight? Or how do we make them fit for the chalice of martyrdom, if we do not first admit them to drink the Chalice of the Lord in the Church by the right of Communion? (St. Cyprian: Epistle 57)."