posted on Mar, 14 2005 @ 11:22 AM
Originally posted by saint4God
Originally posted by Mahree
Here is the part you missed.
"Oh ... but make sure you go to confession before going to
Holy Communion to receive Christ. Because if you go to the Lord's
Table without first confessing your sins, then you bring abomination
upon your soul and you are back to not getting into heaven. "
You must take instruction in the Catholic Church before you can take part in the Sacraments. Catholic Christians do believe in God the Father, Jesus
our Savior and the Holy Spirit.
It takes a long time to be ready to receive the Sacraments. Here we learn the importance of a good confession and then the forgiveness of God. Then
we can partake of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. (The Eucharist)
Thanks Mahree. I'd only been to a Catholic church a few times so that's why I was asking. Is this also true for Orthodox and Episcopal? How about
Protestant churchs, they do practice the bread and 'wine' tradition as well.
[edit on 11-3-2005 by saint4God]
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: page 394:1411. "Only validly ordained priests can preside at the Eucharist and consecrate the bread
and the wine so that they become the Body and Blood of the Lord."
page 316: 1120" ......The ordained priest hood guarantees that it really is Christ who acts in the sacraments through the Holy Spirit for the Church.
The saving mission entrusted by the Father to his incarnate Son was committed to the apostles and through them to their successors: they receive the
Spirit of Jesus to act in his name and in his person. The ordained minister is the sacramental bond that ties the liturgical action to what the
apostles said and did and, through them, to the words and actions of Christ, the source and foundation of the sacraments."
Now the rest of this explanation comes out of my head, just what I am remembering about the history. The priest is ordained by the "laying on of
hands" The Catholic Church believes that the power came from Jesus to the Apostles and then down through the years to bishops and priests by the
"laying on of hands."
Now I hope to answer your question.
The Orthodox Church is like the eastern wing of the Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church is like the
western wing of the Catholic Church. So all of these priests have been validly ordained and can consecrate the bread and wine into the Body and Blood
of our Lord Jesus.
The difference between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Church is that the Orthodox Church does not follow the teaching of the Pope.
After the reformation I believe there were a few validly ordained Episcopal priests and this has been passed down through the years. So...not all
Episcopal priests can consecrate the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus.
I believe to the other Christian sects formed after the reformation the use of the "body and blood" is only a symbol of the last supper.
Hope this makes sense to you. Please ask me to clear up anything that I have missed.
[edit on 3/14/2005 by Mahree]