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C.H. Spurgeon“So with the Lord’s Supper. My witness is, and I think I speak the mind of many of God’s people now present, that coming as some of us do, weekly, to the Lord’s table, we do not find the breaking of bread to have lost its significance—it is always fresh to us. I have often remarked on Lord’s-day evening, whatever the subject may have been, whether Sinai has thundered over our heads, or the plaintive notes of Calvary have pierced our hearts, it always seems equally appropriate to come to the breaking of bread. Shame on the Christian church that she should put it off to once a month, and mar the first day of the week by depriving it of its glory in the meeting together for fellowship and breaking of bread, and showing forth of the death of Christ till he come. They who once know the sweetness of each Lord’s-day celebrating his Supper, will not be content, I am sure, to put it off to less frequent seasons. Beloved, when the Holy Ghost is with us, ordinances are wells to the Christian, wells of rich comfort and of near communion.”

“Songs of Deliverance,” Sermon no. 763, July 28, 1867, preaching from Judges 5:11.

supper BPuritan Thomas Watson, in his book on The Lord’s Supper, contends against the notion of transubstantiation but also gives a welcome caution to those who would diminish the sacrament to a merely symbolic ritual.

“Also, this doctrine of the Sacrament confutes such as look upon the Lord’s Supper only as an empty figure or shadow, resembling Christ’s death, but having no intrinsic efficacy in it. Surely, this glorious ordinance is more than an effigy or representative of Christ. Why is the Lord’s Supper called the communion of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16), but because, in the right celebration of it, we have sweet communion with Christ? In this gospel ordinance, Christ not only shows forth His beauty, but sends forth His virtue. The Sacrament is not only a picture drawn, but a breast drawn. It gives us a taste of Christ as well as a sight (1 Peter 2:3). Such as make the Sacrament only a representative of Christ shoot short of the mystery and come short of the comfort.

My friend and mentor, Dr. Robert J. Stamps, Visiting Professor of Worship and Dean of Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary on their practice of daily Eucharist.

Daily Eucharist from Asbury Theological Seminary on Vimeo.