from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the early church, the treasury of the basilica, into which the alms and offerings of the faithful were carried, and whence they were transferred to the bishop's house.
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In the Semitic languages the Eucharist is called the corbana - it's the same word - corban - 'given to God'.
This is corban; when we bring our concerns, our aspirations, our sins our hopes and our intercessions here where we can stand with Christ and let him hold us in his gaze for a moment, then that is corban; whole corbana - given to God.
Simply being where the Holy is given to God, where Jesus gives himself as corbana to God, and we by the gift of his spirit are drawn into his giving, into his praying, into his seeing, just for a bit.
Let us, then, stand with him; stand before him; let him hold us in his gaze and let us be drawn by that gaze to the Father, so that ourselves - our souls and bodies - are made by his gift a holy and acceptable: corbana.