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Greek Word Of The Day: Eucharisto-Efharisto: Thank you.



Efharisto Thank you
Eucharisto

Thank you
I expect you all know a few Greek words, perhaps the most widely known being “Eucharisto” or “Efharisto”, meaning Thank You.

 Ευχαριστώ 

(In Modern Greek the letter combination "eu" (epsilon-upsilon) is pronounced either "ev" or "ef" depending on what letter it precedes. So, we have the ancient "eucharist" but the Modern Greek "efharisto" thank you)

A clever way to remember how to pronounce Efharsto, (Thank you), is to think of the name:

F. Harry Stowe!

 Try it!
The root of the word  eucharisto  is Eucharisteo or Eucharist.

 In the Christian world; The  Holy Communion, The Lord’s Supper, The Last Supper, or, The Breaking of the bread. (Greek: του κλασαι αρτον).


The Last Supper  Vincent Juan Macip Juan de Jaunes  1510-1579
The Last Supper

Vincent Juan Macip Juan de Jaunes

1510-1579
The word Eucharist was first employed in this sense by Jesus, whilst breaking bread, and giving thanks, at Passover, during The Last Supper.

Eucharist does not symbolize the bread, but rather the emotion of being thankful or grateful for the bread, which later was considered the body of Christ, or the Holy Spirit of Christ, by Christians.

When partaking of Holy Communion, or, The Eucharist, Christians are giving thanks, showing their gratitude to Jesus Christ.

The words of Jesus at The Last Supper:

Matthew, chapter 26, verse 26 (King James Bible)

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."


А.Е. Косничев «Причастие». Холст, масло. 2009  Holy Communion Easter Orthodox Church
А.Е. Косничев «Причастие». Холст, масло. 2009

Holy Communion
Eastern Orthodox Church

Holy Communion  Catholic Church
Holy Communion

Catholic Church

If we break the word down into; eu (Good or Well) and Charis (Grace or Joy), and take into account its connection with The Last Supper, we can see why we “Say Grace” before a meal.

To give thanks "For what we are about to receive"


Norman Rockwell  "Saying Grace"  1951
Norman Rockwell

"Saying Grace"

1951

The dove, symbol of The Holy Spirit, peace and hope, came to be known as the Eucharistic Dove, the dove of thankfulness, of gratefulness.

Dove Symbol of The Holy Spirit, Peace and hope
Dove
Symbol of The Holy Spirit, Peace and hope

Each day I invoke Him and with paternal care he nourishes me
 with gifts offered on His alter. 

In the thirteenth century, gold or silver doves, were used in the Christian church, as receptacles to carry communion bread, The Host, to people who were ill, or for some reason or another, couldn’t make it to church for Holy Communion.


Eucharistic Dove  Limoges 13th century
Eucharistic Dove

Limoges
13th century

These Eucharistic doves had a tear-shaped opening in their backs, in which a pyx or pix, ( Pixos in Greek, meaning box-wood) a wooden box, containing communion bread, The Host, was placed.


 Eucharisto, to give thanks, to be grateful,  not just a simple "Thanks", but a word with much deeper and spiritual meaning than we give it credit for.


"Woman giving thanks after communion"  Alphonse Legros
"Woman giving thanks after communion"

Alphonse Legros

 Let’s all try to be a little more grateful, after all, isn’t it said:

 “To be grateful is to be happy”?

Winnie the Pooh & Piglet
Winnie the Pooh & Piglet

Think like Piglet!

See meanings of more Greek words at the links below:





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