The theme announced for this Institute is "Grace upon Grace: Uving Bread." In this keynote address I have been asked to set an ecumenical tone for your conversations about the Eucharist, speaking to "how it means" for the faithful and drawing upon my own theology-which reviewers, both Lutheran and Evangelical, have dubbed a distinctively Roman Catholic theology but one that is ecumenically open and challenging. I think this means that it opens the way to better mutual understanding and enrichment. Drawing on this theology, I have chosen five headings under which to offer my considerations: the Eucharist as testament of service, the Eucharist as an invitation to table, the Eucharist as a table where memories are stored, the Eucharist as a table where Jesus Christ is guest, host and gift, and the Eucharist as a table of blessing.
Power, David N. O.M.I., "Table of Remembrance" (1996). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 79.