- Taken from a Greek word meaning "thanksgiving,"
Eucharist designates Holy Communion
, the central act of Christian worship. At the Last Supper Christ gave thanks (Matt. 26:27; 1 Cor. 11:24)
, and embodied in the communion service is our Own thanksgiving. The word came into use very early, as exemplified by its use in the writings of the apostles (Didache 9:1)
and the letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch (Ign. Phil. 4:1, about A.D. 107)