Heavenly bread

Daily Reading for August 23 • The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

We all know, we who possess complete faith in Christ,

That as we approach, eager for the mystic bread

And in addition take the cup of salvation,

If we are of pure heart and without dissimulation

We are all participants of the flesh and blood

Of Christ with faith in Him, and we hope

From this a life like that of the angels;

For, in very truth, the body of the One who suffered,

The very holy body of Jesus Christ is

The heavenly bread of immortality.

From Kontakion on the Multiplication of Loaves 13.1-3, quoted in Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: New Testament IVa, John 1-10, edited by Joel C. Elowsky (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006).

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