How many times do you have to take communion before you’ve consumed an entire Jesus? How many Jesuses have been consumed since people started the practice? I’m sure some math whiz could figure it out, but we need to begin at the beginning.
–On This Day in History, Shit Went Down: November 11, 1215–
Christianity is weird. It has zombies and embracing the symbol of their savior’s torture. And the dude who speared Jesus to death? They made him a saint. Like, the fuck? Imagine explaining that shit to Jesus. Anyway, right after Jesus got sent off to meet his dad/himself people didn’t automatically go “Hey let’s start pretending to eat the guy.” At least, not officially. That didn’t happen until November 11th, 1215, at the Fourth Council of the Lateran.
Prior to that it all started at the Last Supper with Christ telling his pals this bread is me this wine is me so down the hatch with that shit and apparently they didn’t think that was weird. It’s called the Eucharist and it caught on as a ritual among Christians so that a dozen centuries later the church figured they should put some rules around it.
It was done under Pope Innocent III, and if I know anything about popes, I doubt he or any of the others who took that name were all that innocent. Anyway, it was a big ecumenical council with a ton of patriarchs and bishops and abbots and shit. The council decided a lot of stuff, including stamping out heresy, calling for yet another crusade against those heathens in the Middle East, plus a bunch of other housekeeping bullshit. But a big one was about transubstantiation, it’s where it became official church doctrine that described the method of how some wafer and cheap wine are for real transformed into the body and blood of Christ so be a good Christian and go cannibal on the Lord.
How does it work? The answer is simple and one often used amongst various religions: God did it. “The bread and wine having been transubstantiated, by God’s power, into his body and blood,” they said.
A few hundred years later Martin Luther was all “are you fucking kidding me?” about the Eucharist and Protestants created their own version that was more a “memorial” that was going through the motions with no magical transformations into flesh and blood.
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