(her)men*you*tics 2: Anamnesis

Jason Micheli —  September 13, 2017 — 1 Comment
“And so in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves…”
In the Eucharist we remember so that the past might be made present that we might be consumed by what we consume in order that we become what we eat. In other words, this word: anamnesis. We talk with Dr. Johanna Hartelius in this second episode of (her)men*you*tics about Plato, the Prayer of Great Thanksgiving, and the particular way the peculiar people called Christians remember. Check it out.
Each week we’ll be tackling a theological term that you’ve either heard before or you’ve heard it doing its work in worship whether you realized it or not. We’re going alphabetically, 2 words per letter, and we’re doing it all in 25 minutes or less.

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One response to (her)men*you*tics 2: Anamnesis

  1. thank you. got hungry on this word after reading this article http://arnesen.co.uk/anamnesis.html
    was looking more for how the word began to be used to describe eucharist, beyond remembrance, for the word anamnsesis itself seems not to go beyond this. Was wondering if Aquinas spoke of it in Platonic terms, or i am led to believe that the church has attached further meaning, and that recently. Is there any difference from one going back to past eschatologiacally, like “being there”, and bring the past to “present”. I really liked how you asked what is” this” in the do this , as in love feasts and then the liturgical ritual that it now is.

    i generally see this term used by Catholics to describe their sacrament , as opposed to mere symbolism of my church.

    Just as the teacher here asks herself at times during communion what is the “this””, i see myself at times asking the Lord is it transubstantiation, or literal, and feel He just looks at me, like and says, “Really?”, like maybe He did with the apostles after they asked Jesus , “show us the Father”, like, “Really , how long have i been with you ?”. Like it still looks like and tastes like bread and “fruit of the vine (after consecration), and the Lord was still there before the apostle quite healthy and intact, after a Passover meal , full of symbolic elements to be eaten, and today you can not see any effectual or quantitative differences between differing communion view participants, and certainly priests are super Christlike , having eaten and drunk so much of the elements (some pro port that life is in blood, and henceforth we become what we eat/drink so to speak)…that is Monday morning at the water cooler can you discern which Christian really ate the body and blood of Christ and which spiritually or figuratively ate ?

    from the article I linked above;

    “‘For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes .’ He means that as we celebrate with Christ we give thanks for his death as the eschatological event – the bridge to the age of the new covenant in which we now share – and look forward to the consummation.”

    Thank you

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