INTRODUCTION 

The Gospel of St. John, unlike the Synoptic Gospels, offers no account of the institution of the Eucharist in his narrative of the Last Supper.  Instead, he provides one of the most substantial Scriptural references for the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist.[1]  This is the gospel where the Eucharist is first promised by Jesus.[2]

In order to more fully develop the Eucharistic theme in John, some groundwork must be laid in terms of an understanding of both the issue of sacramentalism in the gospel, and the concept of the sacred meal.

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