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Bread and Wine Blessed and Shared

William Frank Smith

Pages: 180
ISBN: 978-145750-206-4
List Price: 16.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: August 2011
Edition: Perfectbound

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Bread and Wine Blessed and Shared is a review of the various rites and rituals that have surrounded the celebration of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church from its founding by the apostles shortly after Jesusʼ death and resurrection up to the present day. An initial chapter presents and describes the present organization of the Institutional Catholic Church, followed by chapters on the Theology of the Eucharist and New Testament Commensality. Bread and Wine goes on to describe the development of Eucharistic Ritual in the Apostolic and earliest church communities. Subsequent chapters detail how these rituals continued to develop over the centuries and how they are practiced today in the twenty-three autonomous Catholic Churches. The rites and rituals in the Western (Latin) Catholic Church are presented alongside the five ritual traditions that are practiced in the twenty-two Eastern Catholic Churches. This book, along with the others in the Left Coast™ Monograph series, is designed for shared group discussion, as well as for personal reading and reference.