What OCCA believes Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist is the Divine Liturgy (the Lord's Supper) wherein Jesus becomes present to us in the very real presence of his Spirit within the forms of bread and wine. This is the most important liturgy in the Orthodox Church. The words of Jesus used in the Divine Liturgy remind us that Jesus himself instituted this sacrament and personally commanded us to "do this in remembrance of me." Orthodoxy understands that our participation in the Divine Liturgy is an experience beyond the singular place and time where we stand. It is a connection to the eternal Liturgy. The remembrance is not simply a memory. Jewish use of the term remember is much stronger. We participate in His eternal and divine sacrifice of redemption. Members of Christ's body, we are broken and poured out in the hope of joining with Him in his utter transformation of everyone and everything. It can be good to remember that liturgia is a Greek word for "the work of the people." Unlike some Protestant versions of Christianity, Orthodoxy calls the entire assembly to holiness. Wherever two or more are gathered together in my name. I am there with them.