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By: Susan Peterson

Thu, 08 May 2008 21:58:45 +0000

And, another thing. What "validity" means. Catholics basically believe that God has told us how to celebrate the eucharist, in terms of having priests ordained by bishops who were ordained by bishops right back to the apostles who sat with Him at the last supper. "Valid" means that we are following the rules we believe He taught us, and that because of that, we can count on Him to keep his word and be there. But God is not limited by this pattern or these rules he gave us. We don't know the story of God and other Christians. He hasn't really told us. My guess, based on what I know of Him, is that when any Christians gather to follow his command to "Do this in remembrance of me, " that He is at least as present as they expect Him to be. If they believe that His presence only lasts during the ceremony and they throw away any left over elements, well then I don't think He is going to be sacramentally present in a way which persists in the elements in the way in which He is after a Catholic Eucharist. But He will come to His people and nourish them at least as much and in the way they expected and asked Him to...and maybe even more so. Not because their faith creates His presence or projects His presence or gives them a feeling of His presence, but because He loves them and wills to come to them. Is this the same as the Catholic Eucharist? I can't say yes. For one thing, there is the whole issue of Eucharistic Sacrifice, in which Catholics believe the Church is ever making Christ's sacrifice present in our world and in the current time. Aside from high church Anglicans I don't think Protestants believe this or intend their celebrates to mean this. But again, I think those Catholics who jump from ideas about "validity" to saying that a Protestant eucharist is an empty ritual, are saying something the Church doesn't require, or even authorize, them to say. Susan Peterson