Eucharist, Bishop, Church: The Unity of the Church in the by John D. Zizioulas

By John D. Zizioulas

Eucharist, Bishop, Church goals to outline the connection connecting the harmony of the Church with the Eucharist and the Bishop because it was once understood within the recognition of the early Church. Written because the author's doctoral dissertation in 1965 for the college of Athens, the problems raised during this paintings are as proper this day as while Zizioulas first awarded them. Zizioulas offers an episcopocentric constitution of the Church as normative, constituted within the crucial position of the bishop as president of the Divine Liturgy and the eucharistic neighborhood. This statement, nonetheless novel while Zizioulas first defined it, is generally accredited and types the middle suggestion of "eucharistic ecclesiology." however, Eucharist, Bishop, Church keeps to problem many modern notions concerning the dating of bishop and presbyter, parish and diocese, and native and common church.

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11ected with Jesus Christ's understanding of Himself" and goes back to the p eople of Israel's consciousness of unity'" In this way, the connection of the Eucharist with the consciousness that the "many" are united to the point of identity with the One who offers himself on their behalf is shown to be as ancient as Christianity itself. This connection of the Divine Eucharist with a sense of the unity of the "many" in the "One," effected through the tradition of the "Servant of God ," is a lready firmly established in the consciousness and life of the primitive Church by the first century as shown by the oldest surviving liturgical texts after the Last Supper.

More particularly now on the question of the leaders of the eucharistic assembly, the apostolic period is again obscured by the shadow of the Apostlesl 33 From what the book of Acts tells us, we are obliged to accept that when the Apostles were present at a eucharistic gathering, they led the Eucharist. l34 It seems that the same applied to the itiner- 64 Part One - Presuppositions EUCHARIST, BISHOP, CHURCH ant "prophets," judging from what we are told by the DidacheDs But, whenever the Apostles were absent, which was most of the time, leadership of the Eucharist naturally belonged to the permanent ministers.

4 f. and especially D. Moria tis, History of Christian Worship. Ancient Times (First to Fo urth Century) (in Greek), 1964, p . 56 f. See Mk 14:24; Mt. 26:28; Lk 22:20 and 1 Cor. 11 :24. 45 ct. also H . Fries, "Die Eucharistie und die Einheit der Kirche," in Pro Mundi Vita. Festschrift zu m eucharistischen Weltkongress, 1960, p. 165f. 46 On this connection see J. , III, 1959, col. 11 43. 47 The ide ntity of the Serva nt o f God is clearly applied by the Lord to Himseli in Lk. 22:37 (= Is. 53:12), as also in all the passages concerning the sufferings of Jesus, while the correspondence between the story of the Servant and the account of the Lord 's Passion is amazing (Mt.

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