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Luther's Small Catechism-Lord's Supper
Book of Concord Version of the Lord's Supper
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The Sacrament of the Altar 1:


What is the Sacrament of the Altar?

It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

The Sacrament of the Altar 2:


Where is this written?


The holy evangelists, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and St. Paul write thus:


"Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night in which he was betrayed, took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, 'Take; eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.'


"In the same way he also took the cup after the supper, gave thanks, and gave it to them and said, 'Take, and drink of it, all of you. This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.'"


The Sacrament of the Altar 3:


What is the benefit of such eating and drinking?

The words "given for you" and "shed for you for the forgiveness of sins" show that forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the sacrament through these words, because where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation.

The Sacrament of the Altar 4:


How can bodily eating and drinking do such a great thing?

Eating and drinking certainly do not do it, but rather the words that are recorded: "given for you" and "shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." These words, when accompanied by the physical eating and drinking, as the essential thing in the sacrament, and whoever believes these very words has what they declare and state, namely, "forgiveness of sins."

The Sacrament of the Altar 5:


Who, then, receives this sacrament worthily?

Fasting and bodily preparation are in fact a fine external discipline, but a person who has faith in these words, "given for you" and "shed for you for the forgiveness of sins," is really worthy and well prepared. However, a person who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, because the words "for you" require truly believing hearts.
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