Liturgical Theology

Make it a verb, add a hyphen

The Eucharist has been the topic of study many times in class and often The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is a resource. Described as the source and summit of the Christian faith, one can consider the Eucharist from various points of view: sacrament, prayer, memorial of sacrifice, its music, etc.

Recently I came upon the following: "This bread and wine have been made Eucharist, eucharisted, according to an ancient expression."

Verbification (or to verbify, or verbing) is the common linguistic transformation of a noun into a verb. As a verb eucharisted has somehow opened up my understanding of what happens when the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus the Christ. Consider the action, the energy, contained in that precise moment of consecration – it takes my breath away. The power and grace of God have been unleashed indeed, and we witness it.

How did I miss that verb before?

The addition of a hyphen to the verb represent changes so much about it. The Catechism tells us that the Eucharist is a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, and we witness it … today.

How did I miss that hyphen before?

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

CCC 1324, 1355, 1366