By Julie Gittoes
Targeting the idea that of anamnesis (remembrance or memorial), this ebook highlights a language of connection among the mixing of historic, sacramental and ecclesial embodiments of Christ. It explores the resource occasion of the Church's existence and the transformative stumble upon with Christ within the Eucharist, the results of that are visible in social/ethical/political motion and the Church's mission.
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167. 93 The Eucharist can become an empty symbol when it is excessively concerned with completeness. 94 The possibility of being drawn into a wider hope for the world, part of the stabilising/destabilising process, is lost. Similarly, these dynamics can be lost when the conviction that services should be as different as possible from each other to avoid mundane familiarity is employed. Both of these extremes are familiar to those involved in anyway in parish ministry, and are serious points of consideration in developing mission strategies.
241. 18 F. Meyrick, The Doctrine of the Church of England on the Holy Communion: Restated as a guide at the present time (London: Longman, 1908), p. 201. Anamnesis and the Eucharist 38 ... his spiritual Presence’; incorporation as believers become more and more part of ‘the mystical Body of Christ’; and the concept of the Eucharist as a pledge which serves as a ‘symbolic assurance of God’s past forgiveness ... His present favour ... 19 He regards the combination of ideas as a more complete expression of the mystery of Holy Communion than reliance on one of them alone.
Her interest in the social role of memory is mirrored in the work undertaken by the sociologist Grace Davie, who goes on to relate her considerations to the Eucharist. In a sermon preached before the University of Cambridge at Great St. 44 This perpetuation of memory embodies a creative dynamic. It is Church-forming. As it maintains the chains of memory, the community of faith receives the body of Christ and is formed for a life of self-giving, service and mission. 45 Having stated the importance of memory, Davie goes on to examine the means by which the Christian memory is maintained – through churches, church-goers, the education system, and within the aesthetic or cultural sphere – at a time when the survival of the chain of memory may seem particularly precarious.
Anamnesis and the Eucharist : contemporary Anglican approaches by Julie Gittoes