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Holy Communion is the Christian rite for the receiving of Jesus Christ for commemorating the action of Jesus at his Last Supper On the night before his death, according to the scriptures. Jesus consecrated bread and wine and gave them to his disciples, saying this is my body and this is my blood. He also commanded his followers to repeat this rite in his memory. We come to communion as a remembrance of the suffering and death of Jesus, instituted by Jesus as a perpetual memorial until His return.
Communion is a Christian observance or sacrament or symbol of a spiritual reality in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Christ's death or as symbols for the realization of a spiritual union between Christ and communicant or as the body and blood of Christ.
Just as it is necessary to nourish our bodies with material food, so also it is necessary to nourish our souls with spiritual food. Our Divine Savior so loved us that He gave us Himself in Divine grace; He gave us His own body and blood as food for our souls.
The institution of Lord's supper from the four gospels is emphasized, as well as the Apostle Paul's account in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
How should we prepare ourselves for Holy Communion?
We should prepare ourselves for Holy Communion by thinking of Our Divine Redeemer whom we are about to receive, and by making fervent acts of faith, hope, love, thanksgiving, and repentance.
(a) We should be neat, clean, and modest in our appearance, and respectful and reverent in our manner.
(b) Each time we receive Holy Communion we should try to be as devout and fervent as if it were the only Communion of our lives.
How often are we to receive Holy Communion?
It is well to receive Holy Communion often, even daily, because this intimate union with Jesus Christ, the Source of all holiness and the Giver of all graces, is the greatest aid to holy life. There is power in communion and the more we partake in Christ's Holy blood and body, the more power is bestowed upon us.
Remember, the nearer a person comes to the light, the more light he gets. The closer he draws to the fire, the warmer he is. The nearer he approaches sanctity, the more saintly he becomes.
Bread and wine are outward signs of Holy Communion. Bread represents the Body of Christ, and wine represents the Blood of Christ. The focus is on the Cross and Jesus' sacrifice of his life on our behalf, as He is the one who "takes away the sins of the world."
The Episcopal Church usually uses unleavened wavers and red wine for communion. There are no rules dictating everything else is forbidden. These are usually used out of convenience and tradition. Many churches use bread which looks, tastes, and feels like real bread (because it is!) Or you can use a single loaf of ordinary bread that would be broken after the Thanksgiving Prayer. I understand that bread which is still warm from the oven is heavenly! Many churches use the unleavened wavers as they store easier, don't go stale, and you don't have to deal with crumbs which may float around in the wine or fall on the floor. It doesn't matter what form the bread takes. What does matter is that we are centered on the spiritual and mystical presence of Jesus Christ during Holy Communion.
"The fruit of the vine" Communion Wine should be used, which is the representation of Christ's blood offering to Humanity. Or, as many churches use today, a non-alcoholic grape juice can be substituted. However, red wine or grape juice should be used for it represents the color of Christ's blood.
If you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Prepare a table for communion.
You will need:
* Communion cups. Or you can purchase small plastic cups at any grocery store.
* Bread, communion bread, wafers, etc.
* Wine or grape juice
* Tray or saucer for wafers
* (Optional) Communion linen or table cloth
Savior, you are invited to participate in communion.
Divine Savior, we come to Your sacred table to nourish ourselves, not with bread but with Yourself, true Bread of eternal life. Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal of this divine food. Let us be continually refreshed by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness. May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love. Meanwhile, let us prepare a place for this holy food by emptying our hearts.
Help me, O God, to be rightly prepared to receive the Supper. Take away any unbelief and overcome any doubts that I may have. Lord Jesus, give me a believing heart that the words "for you" truly are for me.
Jesus, you are the Bread of Life, bread broken to mend all broken dreams, broken people, broken homes and broken hearts. Break the good news gently to suffering, struggling spirits, that you are nourishment to anyone who hungers for life. I receive Your blood and body and I thank You for sacrificing Yourself for me, and I praise You and I Worship you and I Adore you, and I do this in remembrance of You, Amen.
Now take Jesus Christ's body (bread), and take His blood (body) and partake of Him wholly and let Him come into you and cleanse you. Let His body and blood go down into your soul and become one with you.
I suggest you read the Scripture, (Matthew 26:26-28 or Luke 22:19-20 or 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) aloud as you partake of the juice and bread in a prayerful, thankful, and joyful manner.
Now spend some time adoring Our Lord, thanking Him, renewing your promises of love and of obedience to Him, and ask Him for blessings for yourselves and others.
Pray to Him and unite with Him and come into communion with Him and become intimate with Him. Remember what He has done for you, and thank Him from the bottom of your heart.
A Prayer After Communion
I thank You, Lord God, that You have refreshed me with this precious gift. I ask for Your mercy, that You would use this meal to nurture in me strong faith toward You and genuine love among us all, through Jesus Christ Your Son. Amen.
Almighty and Ever-loving God, I thank You that You have fed me at Your Table with this spiritual food and have assured me of Your goodness toward me. I thank You that I am a member of the Body of Your Son. Assist me with Your grace, so that I may continue in this holy fellowship, and live more fully to Your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, keep my mind and heart focused on the main thing in the Supper. It is not eating and drinking that brings such great benefits, but the words, given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.
Enable me to continue to believe these words so that I may have confidence that forgiveness of sins is mine. Amen.
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