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The Treasury of the Eucharist

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The Eucharist is our most treasured gift. It is that means by which we keep our connection to Jesus, though he has left us. The EUKARYFT changed the mind of the disciples from utter complete sorrow and misery when they heard that Jesus was leaving them and all they could think was he's abandoning us. Were Orphans. And he told them change your mind first, he told them, if you really loved me, you would be happy that I'm leaving you, because I'm going to my father, and my father's greater than I. Ancient Faith Radio and patristic nectar publications present the arena Sunday homilies and theological reflections with Father Josiah Trenna. Father Josiah is the pastor of St Andrew Orthodox Christian Church in Riverside, California. He is also the founder of Patristic Nectar Publications,...

...a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. For more information on patristic nectar publications, please visit our website at www dot patristic nectar dot org. And now, Father Josiah, in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit, one God. I greet you, brothers and sisters, on this beautiful morning of Bradin, Holy Thursday, which we commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist. How blessed and rich we are that our Lord, even as he was preparing for his crucifixion and even as grief was to come upon him past anything will ever...

...know or could ever imagine, had in his mind and in his heart us. And so his last acts before he gave himself up to the cross were acts of instituting the eucharist, that means by which we will always remember his sacrifice and be joined mystically to him, from the time that he himself was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven until his second inglorious coming. The Eucharist is like nothing else in the world. It is our greatest treasure, our chiefest prize. We live for it. There's nothing in our life more precious. My greatest earthly possessions as an individual are hanging on a rope around...

...my neck, on the inside of my Casseck, my Baptismal Cross, my wedding ring and a reliquary cross with St Andrew and St Lawrence the martyr in it. Because these things are so precious to me, I watch them and I guard them very closely. I wear them around my my neck. I test the rope that they're on every day when I put it on. I take it through my fingers just to make sure that there's not a weakness in it, so that I won't have the tragedy of it breaking and possibly losing them. I put them on my mantelpiece in my bedroom, just by my icons when I sleep, when I get up, I get them. If I go out of the House and I have forgotten them, I can't go on. I have to turn around and go back and get my cross and...

...put it on. A few times when I thought I had missed placed my cross, I was a mess. I was undone. By the grace of God, though I am Clutsy, he has protected these things for me because, you know as I'd be ruined if I lost them. Those are my treasures and they, brothers and sisters, are a distant, distant shadow of what we all have as believers in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is our most treasured gift. It is that means by which we keep our connection to Jesus, though he has left us. The EUCHARIFF changed the mind of the disciples from utter, complete sorrow and misery when they heard that Jesus was leaving them and all they could think was he's abandoning us. Were Orphans. And he...

...told them change your mind. First, he told them, if you really loved me, you would be happy that I'm leaving you, because I'm going to my father and my father's greater than I. and this altered them because they did truly love him and they did want that for him, for him to return to his glory and to end the days of humiliation on the earth. They wanted that. But then, on top of it, he gave them the ultimate consolation, his very body and his very blood. And he promised them. He said, if you eat my flesh and you drink my blood, you will dwell in me and I will dwell in you. If you eat my body and drink my blood, you will not die, you will have everlasting life. He made these precious promises to them. And then you heard Saint Paul in the epistolesce in this morning say that every time the...

Eucharist is celebrated in the church, we proclaim the Lord's death and his resurrection. Until he comes again. The Eucharist is the means of continuity frought to if they connect it to our savior, who is alive now at the right hand of the father and communicates his presence, His Holiness, his love, His forgiveness to us under the mystical reception of the Eucharist. You know that Saint Paul also said that whoever doth not judge the Lord's body correctly will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. He said for this reason a number among you are sick and some of you even have fallen asleep. It's a frightening text in one corinthians eleven about an attitude towards the Eucharist that's...

...improper and unworthy of Christians, that doesn't judge the value of the body and blood of Chrive to be as I'm describing it to you. You know, our dear brother, Roger John, reposed in the Lord last night, about three o'clock in the morning. God dressed his soul, his beautiful soul, and I already miss him. I already miss him and I'm sure I'm going to miss him a lot more, but I am so happy for him. He always wanted to die at Pasca. It was his dream, it was his wish and he always wanted to die with the euchrift in his mouth, and he did. He had almost no strength it was trying to speak and he had one of those pressure masks on to help him breathe, because he...

...couldn't breathe by himself. And I after nurse. I said, look, I know he wants to say something. Just let's take it off. So we took it off and he could only make one short word out per breath. But he told us, I'm worn out, I'm worn out, and then he told us again, I need a pain shot. He was in terrible pain. And yet when I asked him, Raj then we can we do this? Can I keep this mask off? Can we say these prayers? Can you receive the Eucharist? He looked at me, he nodded his head like this. It was done. He had one thought on his mind. Give me the Lord, give me the Lord, and in between breaths, it took him four or five breaths, if to take the EUKARYFT. He died inasmuch as anyone dies who have the eukaryft in them. I'm so...

...happy for him reposing in the Lord on these days. He judged the eucharis correctly and we all for ought, brothers and sisters, to hold the Euchrius that highly as our chief treasure, which means we keep ourselves close to it. That, of course, means being in the EUCHARISTIC liturgy and means coming to the services. It also means keeping ourselves close to God when we're away, so that nothing will ever separate us from the up the ability to receive the holy gifts. This is what it means to cherish them. You know, there was an interesting him that was chanted this morning. There was a very small mistake made by our dear chanter, Daniel. I'm sure it's the only one Daniel has ever made and probably ever will make, and I'm actually confident that, providentially, you made it so to help my tell my sermon, because the texts was talking about Judas and the misery of his betrayal,...

...and it says in the text that Judas surrendered Christ to the authorities, but Daniel couldn't bear to say that, so he said Judas surrendered to Christ, which of course, is one hundred and eighty degrees different, isn't it? And this is in fact what we have to do, brothers and sisters, if we cherish the Eucharist as that Mystical Union between the Lord God and us, that most precious pearl of great price, the treasure hidden in the field that we have to take us through this life into the next life, which is what Jesus is promises to those who have his body and blood. If we treasure then we show that by surrendering to Christ, we surrender him our life, our whole all of our thoughts, hearts, desires and ambitions are...

...surrendered to him. But if we surrender him to any pressure of the world, to any ungodly desire, if we surrender Christ, we're following Judas and we make ourselves unworthy of the Eucharist. God forbid that, God forbid that. May this holy Thursday institution liturgy stir up our hearts to cherish this greatest gift and May our faithful participation in the Eucharist, the very body and blood of Jesus, bring up to Life Eternal Amend we hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. Until next time,.

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