The Word Among Us

November 2011 Issue

Receive What You Are!

St. Augustine on the Eucharist

Receive What You Are!: St. Augustine on the Eucharist

According to early church tradition, only those who had been baptized were permitted to remain at Mass after the Creed on Sundays. So to help new converts in his diocese, St. Augustine (354-430) preached the sermon below. In it, he tried to help the new believers grasp the mysteries they were about to see and participate in.

This is a short sermon, especially by Augustine’s standards. So he wastes no time in getting right to the point: Not only is the host...

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