Who Invented the Eucharist?


In his book Jesus A.N. Wilson writes that the writer of the fourth Gospel “…clearly did not believe that Jesus did institute the Eucharist. Quite possibly, the first version of John had not even come across the practice, invented by Paul, of eating and drinking the flesh and blood of Christ” (161)

and in his book “Paul” he calls the Eucharist “Paul’s invention…an addition to the agape meal or love feast practised by all Christians…” (166).

So, who instituted the Eucharist? Was it “invented” by Jesus, by Paul or by someone else?


It wasn’t “invented” by anyone. It was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper.
Why would you listen to someone who is clearly anti-Catholic?



BTW–the very fact that Wilson talks about the non-existent “first version of John” shows his attitude towards the traditional form of the New Testament as preserved by the Church.


Wilson’s book was assigned to me. It will make good kindling this winter.

Here is what the Catechism says “The Eucharist that Christ institutes at that moment will be the memorial of his sacrifice. Jesus includes the apostles in his own offering and bids them perpetuate it” (para. 611).


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