The Eucharist

by Scott D. Hendricks

Our opinion is in accordance with the Eucharist, and, in turn, the Eucharist establishes our opinion. For we offer to Him His own, announcing consistently the fellowship and union of the flesh and spirit. For the bread, which is produced from the earth, when it receives the invocation of God, is no longer common bread, but the Eucharist–consisting of two realities, earthly and heavenly. So also our bodies, when they receive the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, having hope of the resurrection to eternity.

~ St. Irenaeus of Lyons

Christopher A. Hall, Worshiping with the Church Fathers (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009), 50.