27 May 2008

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

The prayer is made: "Send down Thy Holy Spirit, that He may show this bread (to be) the body of Thy Christ, and this cup the blood of Thy Christ." Here, in the earliest form, the true function of the Holy Ghost in the Supper is clearly stated - not the consummation of the sacramental mystery, by His working, but the illumination of the soul, so that it may in faith grasp the great mystery there existent, and may have shown to it by the Holy Ghost that the bread and cup are indeed the body and blood of Christ. -- C. P. Krauth, *The Conservative Reformation* p. 753

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