The Paschal Mystery of Christ and the Eucharist


Thomas F. Torrance, "The Paschal Mystery of Christ and the Eucharist," Church Service Society Annual 6 (1976): 6-12; #1976-TFT-4


Torrance, Thomas F. "The Paschal Mystery of Christ and the Eucharist." Church Service Society Annual 6, no. 1 (1976): 6-12; #1976-TFT-4

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Prepared for the Reformed/Roman Catholic Study Commission at its 4th session, February 20, 1974. A longer version published in Theology in Reconciliation, #1975-322d


Professor Torrance presents twelve general theses. The meaning of the Eucharist is grounded in the Paschal Mystery. The priesthood of Christ determines the real presence and the eucharistic sacrifice. He mediates our offering of worship. Eucharist embraces both Passion and Resurrection. We make anamnesis of the whole Christ. God gives himself through his Spirit. Such grace must not be limited by ideas of transubstantiation. What is important is who is present rather than how. We must also beware of symbolist tendencies and a psychological sacerdotalism. Today's ecumenical emphasis on the inherent oneness of Christ rejects such dualism and gives us the possibility of re-establishing a primitive Christianity.