THE CENTRAL ROLE OF THE EUCHARIST IN THE RELIGIOUS AND CIVIC LIFE OF THE MIDDLE AGES IS EXPLORED IN A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM

When Christ changed bread and wine into his body and blood at the Last Supper, he instituted the Eucharist and established the central act of Christian worship. For medieval Christians, the Eucharist (the sacrament of Communion) was not only at the heart of the Mass—its presence and symbolism also wielded enormous influence over cultural and civic life. Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art, on view May 17– September 15, 2013, explores how artists of the period depicted the celebration of the sacrament and its powerful hold on society in more than sixty-five exquisitely illuminated manuscripts drawn from the Morgan’s renowned collections.

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