The Church has always placed special importance on the Eucharist in the lives of believers.
The most sacred act of the Christian faith is the Lord’s Supper. For over 2,000 years the Church has been faithful to the command of Christ at His last earthly meal: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” This act of blessing, breaking, and partaking of bread and of the cup of wine, consuming them as the Body and Blood of Christ, has been the mark of believing Christians since the Mystical Supper.
Down through the centuries the Church has embellished this simple act with a rich mantle of prayer, praise and hymn. Today the Divine Liturgy represents the crowning act of worship, the splendor of the Church’s ritual.
In Communion we remember the Lord. We not only recall the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ, but we think of His teachings about life during the years of His ministry. And we apply them to our own daily living, remembering that we are His disciples in this generation.
In Communion we receive the Lord. Jesus once said that whoever partakes of his Body and Blood “abides in Me, and I in him.” Here we come into intimate union with Christ. No wonder the faithful through the centuries with “faith and love” have come to the Lord’s Table to be fed with the Bread of Life.