The Christian Ritual Meal as a Symbol of Love and Unity

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)


Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Richard M. Grigg


"... In this free will offering or sacrifice of himself Christ calls Christians to communion with God and fellow believers. It is communion in love and unity. This love and unity is what Christ mandates the Christian community to uphold as the new commandment. Therefore, the Christian ritual meal, as a sacrifice and meal of love and unity, should continually foster this new commandment of Christ in the community of believers."


Master's thesis submitted to the faculty of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Studies.