Monday, June 1, 2009

The Feast Day of Justin Martyr

Today we celebrate the feast day of Justin Martyr. One of the early eastern Church Fathers (martyred in ~150 ad), he is a great source of information for defending the beliefs of the Church. A great example is his defense of the Eucharist and its meaning. Below is a portion of one of his writings on the subject:

"For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh." (1st Apology of St Justin Martyr)

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