And this food is called among us Eukaristia [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh. For the apostles, in the memoirs composed by them, which are called Gospels, have thus delivered unto us what was enjoined upon them; that Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, said, "This do ye in remembrance of Me, this is My body;" and that, after the same manner, having taken the cup and given thanks, He said, "This is My blood;" and gave it to them alone.—St. Justin Martyr, Apology I, LXVI — Of The Eucharist, A.D. 150-160.
"... of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who..."
- "... believes that the things which we teach are true,...". Only one who accepts completely the Church's teaching ought to receive the Holy Eucharist. The Church teaches, of course, that one must be in a state of grace to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
- "... and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins and unto regeneration,... ". The Holy Eucharist is not for pagans, i.e., the unbaptized.
- "... and who is so living as Christ has enjoined." Those who do not live as Christ and His Church teaches ought not to receive the Holy Eucharist.