The author, the Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles, moves narratively through the main elements of the celebration of the Eucharist "(from the Greek word for thanksgiving) because in it Jesus gave thanks and because in it we offer our thanks giving praise. Like a gem with many facets it is memorial remembering; it is the Lord's Supper, sacrifice, communion, and Eucharist. It is our liturgy (from the Greek word for `public service'), a service we make together because our response is called for, but it is, first of all, what God in Jesus has done for us, reconciling us and making us ambassadors for Christ's love in the world." A very concise instructed eucharist.
"This article first appeared in the January/February edition of `The Episcopal News'.