Eucharist (Communion)

Eucharist is sometimes commonly referred to as communion. It is a symbolic act performed by Christian religions. It involves taking in a small piece of consecrated bread to represent Christ's body, and a drink to represent Christ's blood. Traditionally, the drink was wine, but some Christian religions have adapted this to grape juice or water, depending on their beliefs.

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Eucharist (Communion)

Where did Eucharist come from?

It's from Anclent Greek, noun eucharistia. In the context of the Catholic church it refers to the eating of bread and drinking of wine at the altar. It is said to represent Christ's gift to humanity (His Body, Life) and humanity's gratitude to Christ. The Greeks had detected the positive emotions generated by the giving and receiving of gifts, which they called by the same word eucharistia. According to the Catholic encyclopedia Christians were celebrating Christ with bread and wine in the days of the Apostle Paul.

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What is another name for Holy Communion?

Lord's Supper (I think?)

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When should you not take communion?

In order to receive Holy Communion, you must:

1. Be a baptized Catholic

2. Be in a state of grace (free from mortal sin -- this is achieved through the Sacrament of Penance)

3. Have been fasting without food or drink (except water and medicine) for at least one hour; traditional practice is fasting for three hours or since midnight

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Who can receive communion in the Lutheran Church?

The ELCA has open communion.

The Bible
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Can you attend church during your monthly period and receive communion?

I know of no Christian church that restricts anything to a menstruating woman.

AnswerAs men and women are 'heirs together of the grace of life' and God who made man (generic) made the species homo sapiens both male and female and since the New Testament, which is clearly the context of the question, specifically indicates that gender is not an issue in that all are one in Christ Jesus then the only answer can be that this is not as issue for the New Testament church of today.

The Old Testament laws regarding a person being ceremonially unclean are not relevant here. These have passed away in regard to their relevance for Christians, although I believe some orthodox Jews may still observe some of them.

Let's analyze the question closely.Before a woman with a "MONTHLY PERIOD" can "RECEIVE COMMUNION", first she must "ATTEND CHURCH." The Old Testament prohibits menstruating woman from entering church and only allowed up to the outer side of the church door (Leviticus 15:19-29)..And if Matthew 5:17-19 (New Testaments) is really Jesus' words, then; menstruating women cannot "ATTEND CHURCH." If she cannot "ATTEND CHURCH" , then she cannot "RECEIVE COMMUNION inside the church. However, I can't find any restrictions in the New Testament about a menstruating women receiving communion. So maybe if the services is held outdoors, then, maybe, she can receive communion.

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Leviticus 15:29 And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven

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AnswerIn relation to the above answer it must be asserted that it is both theologically and factually incorrect. The context is clearly the Christian church as the Old Testament does not have church or communion. As detailed below the Old Testament ceremonial laws do not apply to Christians.

Secondly, verses taken out of context from the Bible do not prove an argument. Church is not mentioned in the context. The Old Testament religious worship was quite different. And 'Communion' is most certainly not mentioned and could not have been as it did not exist until about 1430 years later!

The words of Jesus from Matthew 5v17 are also de-contextualised and do not apply here as they refer to his work which fulfilled the law and the work of grace in believers who then fulfil the law through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus as the ultimate author of the law understood its meaning correctly contrary to the religious teachers of His day who He called 'blind guides' and 'fools'. Many of their regulations had gotten in the way of both love and true spiritual worship. The law was meant to help not hinder this. Thus, the final abolition of the law as symbolized by the rending of the veil at Jesus death, indicated that His sacrificial death was the final and complete fulfilment referred to in Matthew 5v 17.

Thirdly, it would be a quite simple matter to verify the accuracy of the above-mentioned proposition. If one single Christian church can be found that practices this, then the 'evidence' could be discreetly posted. It has nothing whatsoever to do with New Testament either indoors or out of doors.

On the other hand many followers of Judaism still follow the Mosaic law, where it can be applied either directly or in principle to today. An example is in relation to sabbath keeping and the prohibition against work. Lifts are provided and set so that they stop on every floor of a building to alleviate the necessity for a person to perform the work of pressing the button. In certain situations a 'sabbath days journey' is specifically defined by markers to avoid the breaking of this precept.

Christians have clearly been set free from following the provisions of the Mosaic law as Jesus' finished work on the cross fulfilled the law and superseded it. This was symbolized by the tearing of the thick curtain in the temple. Numerous New Testament scriptures demonstrate this.

For the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1 v 17

Now we know that what things soever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped , and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no person be justified in his sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3 v 19-20

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3 v 24

Knowing this that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law, for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.Galatians2v16

The first council of the Christian church held at Jerusalem and presided over by James the brother of Jesus, specifically addressed this issue. Only a very few provisions were seen as being still relevant for non-Jews to follow. This discussion is recorded in Acts 15. This would have been an appropriate place to discuss the continued relevance of the law regarding women attending worship as the place of the law was specifically under discussion. In other places in the New Testament where women are discussed there also is no mention of this issue, thus, in a sense, this is all an 'argument from silence.'

Jesus' statement in Matthew 5 v 17-18 means simply that he himself was to fulfill the law perfectly, which he certainly did. The law, being given by God himself is certainly inspired and its chief purpose was to point to Christ and to show people their need of a savior. The book of Hebrews discusses much of this at length. The book of James and any other verses cited to prove that a Christian is to obey the law of Moses or do works for either salvation or in relation to church life and practice are simply taken out of context and/or misunderstood and misapplied.

In conclusion, the New Testament church and the Old Testament ceremonial religious practices have little in common. The New Testament is much more inclusive and universal in its application.

you may attend the church during your monthly period but you can't receive communion because we all believe that we take the blood of JESUS while the communion so it makes no sense to take the blood of JESUS and then to throw it out of your is a precious jewel that you should keep it and not to throw it...

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Who makes Holy Communion bread?

Some churches have enough money to purchase it from outside. Many of those purchase it from certain convents where nuns make the wafers. Other churches with less funding have volunteers prepare unleavened bread for communion.

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Why shouldn't you receive communion?

If you have committed a mortal sin, and have not gone to confession, you are not able to receive the Eucharist. This means you broke a commandment, including missing church voluntarily, and (technically) using the Lord's name in vain.

If you are literally traveling that day (as in flying or driving, not as in out of town, as there is probably some type of church nearby, wherever you are), if you are to young to get to church on your own (i.e., you don't have a driver's license and are not able to walk, bike, etc.), or if you are sick, that is not a mortal sin.

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What does the Communion of Saints consist of?

The communion of saints consist of the pilgrim church, the church suffering, and the church triumphant. I doing this test thingy so i had to learn that.

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Generally what are the dates of holy communion?

Sundays. Some churches do it every Sunday, some don't.

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Who can celebrate the holy eucharist?

people who want to celebrate it

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When does Holy Communion take place?

Roman Catholic AnswerNormally, Holy Communion is distributed towards the end of Mass.
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What should you say in a holy communion card?


There are many good options.

Congratulate the First Communicant on their deepening understanding of their faith.

Express joy at the Love of God bestowed on them.

Promise to pray for them as they continue their Journey at Jesus' side.

Ask them to pray for you.

Marvel at the wonder of a God who loves us all so much.

For a Roman Catholic, this fuller participation in the church community entails eating a piece of the flesh of the human being Jesus. It looks like bread and tastes like bread, but they are taught that it is the body of Jesus, and that they are drinking the blood of Jesus.

If this card is for a young person, I don't think its a good idea to try to broach those complex subjects in the limits of a greeting card.


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What sacrament does the Eucharist reenact?

Eucharist reenact and represents the last supper, where JESUS changed the cup of wine to his blood, and the bread to his body. (no, that doesn't make the apostles cannibals)

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What is a communion rail in a church?

The communion rail (sometimes called the altar rail) is usually an actual low railiing between where the altar is and where the congregation sits for worship. It is where congregants come to receive communion, kneel to pray or receive blessings from the pastor/priest. Of course, depending on the traditions of the denomination and the local congregation, the "rail" may not be anything more than a physical space.

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How does Mormons communion differ from Lutheran communion?

Well, for one thing, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) call it "Sacrament" instead of Communion.

Lutherans typically have a 'closed communion', meaning that only church members (those baptized or confirmed) should participate. Mormons have an 'open communion' (sacrament), and anyone willing to live up to the covenants mentioned in the blessing of the sacrament is welcome to participate.

Lutherans typically use wine or grape juice, and Mormons typically use water.

Since I am not a Lutheran and therefore have never participated in a Lutheran communion, I can't tell you how it is, but I can tell you how a Mormon Sacrament is and you can compare.

The Sacrament portion of the worship service is done each Sunday near the beginning of the service, before the sermons. It is begun by the congregation singing a hymn reflecting on the atonement, death, or resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then, the bread is blessed by a group Priests from the congregation (boys ages 16+), who stand at a table at the front of the room. It is then passed by deacons (boys 12+) to the congregation, who remain seated in their pews. After everyone has partaken of the bread, the water is blessed and passed in the same way as the bread.

These are the prayers said to bless the Sacrament:

"Oh God, the Eternal Father, we ask Thee, in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread/water to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in rememberance of the body/blood of Thy Son, and witness unto Thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of Thy Son, and always remember Him and keep the commandments which Thou hast given them, that they may always have His Spirit to be with them. Amen."

Mormons believe that the sacrament is symbolic and represents the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, as well as the fact that He is the 'bread of life' and the 'living water.' They also believe that the sacrament is a sacred ordinance in which they covenant (promise) to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

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What saint was martyred holding the Eucharist?

St. Tarcisius, a 3rd - 4th century deacon, was attacked by a pagan mob, and died defending the Hosts he was taking to Chrisitan prisoners. It is said that when the pagans searched him after beating him to death, the Hosts had miraculously disappeared.

While not yet a canonized saint, Archbishop Oscar Romero was murdered in El Salvador duirng the consecration of a Mass he was saying. As he held up the chalice and pronounced the words, "This is the cup of my blood . . ." the shots rang out and his blood mingle with that of Christ on the altar.

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What is the Biblical basis for the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?

Roman Catholic AnswerThere are many Biblical references to the Eucharist, but the gold standard is the 6th chapter of John, also see Luke 22:19-20; Matt. 26-26-28; Mark 14:22-24, 1 Cor 10:16; 1 Cor 11:27-30.
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Who instituted the sacraments of holy eucharist?

Jesus did with his apostles at the last supper.

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When did monthly communion start?

Various churches decided for convenience sake to adopt this tradition. The Bible says, " often as you come together", so the custom of monthly communion is just that...a custom. There is no Biblical basis for this custom.

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What are two ways in which the sacrament of the Eucharist strengthens us?

We are nourished with the Word of God and recive Jesus Christ in Holy Eucharist

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How did the Anglican Communion start?

When the Pope refused to let King Henry VIII get a divorce, Henry VIII split the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church.

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What does the Eucharist symbolise?

If you are Catholic the Eucharist is not a symbol it does not symbolise. It is the true Body and Blood of Christ. But if you are not Catholic it only symbolizes the Body and Blood of Christ but is not the true Body and Blood of Christ. The Church refers to this as Transubstantiation (the substance changes from bread to the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Risen Christ) and it can only happen at the words of a validly ordained Priest of the Catholic Church with faculties.

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What are the essential signs of the Eucharist?

Wheat bread and grape wine

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Why is the Eucharist so important?

Catholic AnswerThe Eucharist, as the Catechism says, "is the source and summit of the Christian life." The Eucharist is Our Blessed Lord, Body and Soul, Humanity and Divinity, appearing under the forms of bread and wine. But it is actually Our Blessed Lord, just as if you were standing in front of Him two thousand years ago in a dusty street in Jerusalem - no difference. It is God, Incarnate, the Almighty, Our Lord Jesus Christ, physically present for you to adore, talk to, listen to, worship. The One who made you, made the world and everyone in it. The One who started everything and gives meaning to you, me, everything. Why is the Eucharist important? Because it is God, He came to earth to save YOU, and this is how He remains here on earth for YOU. Even if you were the only person in the world, He still would have come, suffered, and died for YOU. And He would still be there waiting in the tabernacle in the Church to speak with YOU.



The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, English translation 1994

1381 "That in this sacrament are the true Body of Christ and his true Blood is something that 'cannot be apprehended by the sense,' says St. Thomas, 'but only by faith, which relies on divine authority.' For this reason, in a commentary on Luke 22:19 ('This is my body which is given for you.'), St. Cyril says: 'Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie.'" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae III, 75, 1: cf Paul VI, Mysterium fidei18; St. Cyril of Alexandria, In Luc. 22, 19: J.P. Migne, ed, Patrologia Graeca {Paris, 1857-1866} 72, 912; cf. Paul VI, Mysterium fidei 18)


1323 "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, The church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is give to us.'" (Sacrasanctum concilium 47)

1324 The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." (Lumen Gentium 11) The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch." (Presbyterorum ordinis 5)


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