What is Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is the Sacrament in which, according to Christ’s command, we make continual remembrance of him, his passion, death, and resurrection until his coming again, and in which we thankfully receive the benefits of his sacrifice. It is, therefore, called the Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; and also the Lord’s Supper, the meal of fellowship which unites us to Christ and to the whole Church.
What is the outward and visible sign in Holy Communion?
The outward and visible sign in Holy Communion is bread and wine given and received as the Lord commanded
What is the inward and spiritual gift in Holy Communion?
The inward and spiritual gift in Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ, truly and indeed given by him and received by the faithful
What is meant by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ?
Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ means receiving the life of Christ himself, who was crucified and rose again, and is now alive for evermore.
What are the benefits we receive in Holy Communion?
The benefits we receive are the strengthening of our union with Christ and his Church, the forgiveness of our sins, and the nourishing of ourselves for eternal life.
What is required of those who come to Holy Communion?
It is required of those who come to Holy Communion that they have a living faith in God’s mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death and resurrection; that they repent truly of their sins, intending to lead the new life; and be in charity with all men and women.
The preceding is authorized by the General Synod of the Church of England, the wording being very slightly adapted to present circumstances.