Eucharist: from the Greek by way of Latin, it means “Thanksgiving.”
“Eucharist” is used in three ways:
- First, it refers to the spiritual presence of Christ;
- Second, it refers to Christ’s continuing action as High Priest (He “gave thanks” at the Last Supper, which began the consecration of the bread and wine); and
- Third, it refers to the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
It is the belief of Orthodox Anglicans that at the consecration of the bread and wine, consubstantiation occurs. That is, at the consecration (called the Canon of the Mass,) the spiritual presence of Christ inhabits the bread and wine.