The Cross was present at the Eucharist in early Christianity as an
idea, a gesture, and an object. Over time, these different
actualizations of the quintessential symbol of Christianity have
generated important questions about their meaning and function,
among them: is the Eucharist a meal and/or a sacrifice? Can the
sign of the Cross illuminate the absence of a Roman epiclesis? Is
it pertinent -historically and theologically - to use an altar
Cross? In this study, Daniel Cardo explores the relation between
the Cross and the Eucharist. Offering a thorough and fresh reading
of patristic and Roman liturgical texts, he identifies their
emphases and common themes on the Cross and the Eucharist, and
demonstrates their significance for the liturgical debates of
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