Whenever the scriptures mention food, they frequently focuses on bread, wine, and oil. Bread and wine symbolize the whole life of man. Man eats bread in his youth and in the morning, and drinks wine once he becomes mature and in the evening. Through the eucharist, man offers up to God the entirety of his life symbolized through bread and wine, and God changes them into the body and blood of Christ to aid our own transformation into Christlikeness. Oil is used to make man glorious, in his youth through confirmation, when anointing him as a priest or king, and when preparing him for the life hereafter. Bread, wine, and oil are the sacramental foods, and so scripture always focuses its attention on them.
Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
Christ is risen from the dead,
By death trampling down on death,
And to those in the tomb,
He has granted life!