Christian Practices: Sacraments 4



What is Eucharist?

Eucharist is the sacrament of re-enacting the last supper. It commemorates the final acts of Jesus with his disciples before arrest and later crucifixion. This sacrament provides tradition, historical connection and reflection for those in the Christian faith.

Recap Questions

Finish the following definition of a sacrament: ‘a visible sign of…

…an invisible grace’.

Which term for the nature of God means all-loving?

benevolent

How many sacraments are there in total?

7

What is the correct term for a baptism a person can request?

Believer’s baptism

What do some Christians believe water is washing away during an infant baptism?

Original sin

  • To recall the meaning of sacraments
  • To explain key features of believers baptism
  • To consider the importance and impacts of these practices
  • Method to record learning – word document or pen and paper
  • Keep a log of work and send a copy to your teacher via e-mail if possible, if not hold on to until you see your teacher in person. (It should take 30-60 mins).

Tasks

Task 1
Looking at the painting below what can you learn about the Last Supper?

a) What might the clothing, position of Jesus represent, why?
b) What is at the front of the table on the floor, why?
c) How are the disciples depicted, how do they look?
d) How is Judas depicted?

Answers

a) What might the clothing, position of Jesus represent, why? Jesus is central in the artwork, he is wearing purple – a colour in clothing only afforded to royals (expensive and hard to make). Symbolic of Jesus’ position.
b) What is at the front of the table on the floor, why? Plate and jug – representative of Jesus washing his disciples feet prior to the supper. Symbolic of his position of servitude and demonstration of love for others.
c) How are the disciples depicted, how do they look? Attentive to Jesus, holy (halos above them) and possibly concerned? Jesus repeats the phrase – so this in remembrance of me.
d) How is Judas depicted? Only one without a halo, red hair – connection to the devil (possibly), holding a bag of silver (later used to betray Jesus), hooked nose (jewish racial stereotype).

The Last Supper by Juan de Juanes circa 1562.

Task 2
Watch the following video on the Eucharist. Write down your own version of the 5 W analysis defining the Eucharist.

Who
What
When
Where
Why

Task 3

A. Using the link below to the textbook go to page 201 to 202. Read the information about the Eucharist and complete tasks 1 and 2 listed.
B. How might this impact the day to day lives of believers?
C. Copy the quote below and explain what it means in relation to the sacraments.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3: 36

Summary

The sacrament of the Eucharist is when Christians remember the Last Supper. It has many different names and foci in the different denominations, including the Catholic concept of transubstantiation: the belief that the bread and the wine become the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is referred to as the “source and summit”. Christian spirituality flows from the Eucharist (the source) and so Christian actions are directed towards it (the summit).

Extras: Test yourself – use the following exam board supported website – Seneca, to assess your understanding on this topic.

https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/e25138c0-e857-41d4-894c-3d9c3b18a914/section/fa13e8de-803c-4ced-92df-c2be0a949281/section-overviewhttps://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/e25138c0-e857-41d4-894c-3d9c3b18a914/section/84a10f1f-870a-4d23-96c1-d69dda4becff/session

Exam Question

Eucharist is the most important Christian practice.’
Discuss this statement showing that you have considered more than one point of view. (You must refer to religion and belief in your answer.) [15]
REMEMBER: One possible exam technique – Frame
Many………(Christians/Buddhists/people) would agree with this because………(link
with religion and belief
)

Furthermore, they might also say that……….(expanded or different viewpoint – link
with sources of authority
)

These arguments are valid/weak/strong/make sense because………(formulating
judgements
)

On the other hand/however/additionally…. (alternative or opposing views)
some…………might disagree because…………(link with religion and belief)

In addition they could argue that……(expanded or different view – link with sources
of authority and show the effects of belief on practice
)

These arguments are valid/weak/strong/make sense because………(formulating
judgements
)

Conclusion (but not obligatory) with own opinion given (but not obligatory). If own
opinion given, use it as another opportunity to link with religion and belief e.g. ‘Like
many Christians/Buddhists/Atheists, I would argue that………because……..’