We continue our examination of Anglican vocabulary. My plan is to examine a word or two to help you learn some of our “Anglican-isms”. I believe they will help enrich your experience of following Christ as an Anglican Christian. This week we move to the “I”s.
An early Christian symbol, the transliteration of the Greek word ixous, “fish.” The letters are the initial letters of the Greek words for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. This acrostic was used as a confession of faith. The fish was also an iconographic Christian symbol and identified with Christ. In early Christianity a representation of a fish frequently appeared in catacomb paintings and on seals, rings, urns, and tombstones. It is unknown whether the acrostic or the iconographic symbol was first used. Fish are associated with miraculous feedings by Jesus (Mk 6:35-44, 8:1-8) and post-resurrection meals (Lk 24:41-43, Jn 21:1-14).
The fish symbol came to be associated with the eucharist, and fish have been shown on the table in artistic portrayals of the Last Supper.
Administration of the consecrated bread and wine of the eucharist at the same time, typically by dipping the bread in the wine and placing the moistened host in the mouth. Depending on local practice, this may be done by the communicant or the one who administers the wine. Historically, intinction has also been done by dropping the bread into the wine and administering the moistened host with a spoon. The term is from the Latin for “dip in.” Some communicants prefer intinction because of concerns about contagious diseases or alcohol consumption. Separate intinction cups are to be avoided because they contradict the symbolism of the common cup.