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From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Both Kinds in the Lord’s Supper
It is evident, therefore, that the whole Sacrament was instituted for the entire Church. The practice remains in the Greek churches, and also once prevailed in the Latin churches, as Cyprian and Jerome testify. Jerome says in his commentary on Zephaniah: “The priests who administer the Eucharist and distribute the Lord’s blood to the people,” etc. The Council of Toledo gives the same testimony. Nor would it be difficult to accumulate a great multitude of testimonies. We exaggerate nothing here, but leave it to the prudent reader to determine what should be believed concerning a divine ordinance.
Pulling It Together: The blood of Christ is “poured out for many.” This word “many” means for the multitude or for the whole gathering. This was the institution of Christ and the practice of the early Church. It remained the custom of the churches in the East and West for hundreds of years. Christ’s intentions are clear enough. Let us follow him.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for sustaining me with your body and blood. Amen.
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