Eucharist: the Christian sacrament of Holy Communion, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion.  

This word made its way into English after a long journey through Greek, Latin, and French.  

In Old French, Eucharist was eucariste.  Before that, in Latin, it was eucharistia.  Ultimately, the word comes from Greek ευκαριστία (eukharistia).  The Greek word means thanksgiving or gratitude.  Eukharistia is a combination of Eu (good) and kharis (favor, or grace).

When I was living in Greece (trying to learn Greek) I was surprised to learn the word for “Thank You” is Ευχαριστώ (pronounced Ef-car-istō).  Using Roman letters, Ευχαριστώ is spelled Eucharisto.  

When we take the Eucharist, we are essentially saying, “Thank you.”  


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