Mission and Meal pt1

“Orthodox ecclesiology is indeed eucharistic ecclesiology. For in the Eucharist the church accomplishes the passage from the world into the world to come, into the eschaton; participants in the ascension of its Lord, and in His messianic banquet, tastes of the ‘joy and peace’ of the Kingdom. ‘And thou didst not cease to do all things until thou hadst brought us back to heaven, and hadst endowed us with thy Kingdom…’ Thus the whole life of the church is rooted in the Eucharist, is the fruition of this Eucharistic fullness in the time of this world whose ‘image passeth by…’ This is indeed the mission of the church.” Alexander Schmemann from “Life World Mission”

I have been thinking a lot about this above quote and my question is whether there is a difference between Ecclesiology (the life and doctrine of the church) and mission (the churches outreach to the world) in the modern church and should there be?


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