Sergius Bulgakov

The Incarnation and the Parousia

I just came across this fantastic paragraph by Bulgakov. The interruptive no does not mean there is not also an affirmative yes. Apocalypse, revelation and redemption, goes beyond interruption, but certainly includes it:

The Divine Eucharist is the gift and fruit of the eternally abiding Incarnation, which the Ascension does not annul. However, the Eucharist does not abolish the Ascension, for, in it, Christ does not return to the earth as He was during the days of His earthly ministry, or as the angels promised on the mountain of the Ascension. Although the eucharistic presence of Christ on earth does have an element of the parousia, not only does it not annul its future accomplishment, but it even summons it. The fullness of the promise to return refers to a presence of Christ “with you in all the days” that is not only sacramental and hidden but also evident. The prayer “even so, come” was born of the ardent eucharistic feeling of the early Christians. One can say that the Eucharist and the parousia are linked in this sense as the promise and accomplishment of Christ’s coming into the world.

The Bride of the Lamb, 391.


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