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date: 21 January 2019

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This chapter seeks to show the intimate connection between sacrifice and sacrament, while also considering the ongoing debates in these areas between, and cutting across, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant perspectives. The author seeks a classical view of Christology and the mysteries/sacraments, which neither downplays the importance of Jesus’s death, nor fastens upon it alone as indicative of sacrifice, or illuminating the sacraments in isolation from other actions of the God-Man. After the key concepts of sacrifice and sacrament are probed, specific scriptural passages are read with the help of select Church Fathers, demonstrating the way in which the Old Testament is understood by the New Testament and the fathers to point typologically to the mystery of Christ and the church. Both a robust sacramentality and a deep understanding of Christ’s sacrifice will take into consideration the entire story of salvation, including Jesus’s poignant and unspeakable action on the cross.

Keywords: sacrifice, Eucharist, baptism, sacrament, mystery, bread, wine, water, word, death

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