Monday, April 04, 2005

Paul Bradshaw On Eucharistic Sacrifice

Here is an article that some of you may find interesting for reading. Let me know your thoughts. It's generally on sacrifice in the New Testament but Bradshaw ties it nicely to the sacrifice of the Eucharist and how the early Church saw the nature of sacrificial worship and its development as a whole united to the Eucharistic celebration.

The concept of sacrifice in the new testament and in early liturgy:
a talk for Ceiliúradh, Dublin, 16 June 2003
by Paul Bradshaw


Anonymous Antonio said...

Jeff, I've been re-reading some of your comments about Eucharistic sacrifice at "Pontifications" and in your own blog.
I think I never asked you this question so "plainly"...
Do you believe in "transubstantiation"?
I've been reading about the Anglican understanding of the Eucharistic sacrifice, and I couldn't find one answer.
Is it true that (until not many years ago) the English King (head of the Anglican Church)had to swear to uphold “the Protestant Reformed Religion by Law Established” repudiating as “blasphemous and erroneous” the “popish doctrines” of transubstantiation?
And about Andrewes... Did he believe in "transubstantiation"?
Thank-you very much.
(and once again, I'm sorry for my English mistakes - I just can't imagine how many mistakes must be there in my "ten thousand words question").

1:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the question and your English is fine. Do not worry about it.

I think the issue of Transubstantiation is an issue that is an "opinion" of the Schoolmen as to "HOW" Christ becomes present in the Sacrament. My personal position is to echo the Fathers and say it is a Mystery of the Sacrament and "How" Christ is present should not be a dividing issue in our Sacramental Theology. To deny Transubstantiation is not to deny Christ's REAL presence but to deny that we can fully grasp "HOW" Christ becomes present. The Fathers spoke of it as a mystery and did not feel the necessity to describe in detail how and when Christ is present. My personal opinion and view is to leave it in the category of mystery and not divide over opinions.

As far as Andrewes' position, he did deny and reject the view of Transubstantiation but with a clear qualifier when he replied to Cardinal Bellarmine in the Responsio. He said, "you take away Transubstantiation from your doctrine and there shall be no difference in our view of sacrifice." Andrewes did not feel it necessary to allow an opinion of the Schoolmen to divide the Church the way it had. He was not novel in his views of Eucharistic Presence but clearly identified and echoed the Fathers both East and West and we find a lot of Augustine within his Eucharistic Theology.

The 39 Articles of Religion do plainly and clearly deny the doctrine of Transubstantiation as blasphemous and erroneous. It is to be remembered that the Articles do not function as a "Confession of Faith" the way some Churches use Confessions. I hope this helps.


10:51 am  
Anonymous Antonio said...

Thanks a LOT Jeff!
"To deny Transubstantiation is not to deny Christ's REAL presence but to deny that we can fully grasp "HOW" Christ becomes present".
Now I think I'm understanding much better what "anglo-catholicism" believes about Eucharistic Sacrifice.
So, as in a lot of other things, it's a problem with "words".
I was trying to figure out (and it was impossible) how anglo-catholics could mix their appreciation of the Fathers and also deny Christ REAL presence.
Thanks again.

4:28 pm  

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