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Holy Communion

New this Sunday?

Holy Communion is the climax of each Anglican worship service. If you have worshipped in a tradition where the sermon is the climax of the service, then this might feel a little different to you. Here are some things to know in order to help you feel more welcome:

 

  • All Christians baptized in, “the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit” are welcome to receive Holy Communion at any Anglican church.

  • If you choose to participate, please come forward when your row is dismissed by an usher. You will then come down the center aisle toward the communion table.

  • Please stand on the ground before the stage (called a chancel) and hold out your hands in front of you. Typically a person will place their right hand on top of their left, but this is not necessary.

  • The pastor will come by with the bread and will place a piece in your hands. A separate person will come by with the cup (called a chalice) and you can do one of two things:

    • Eat the bread right away and then drink a small sip from the chalice.

    • Dip the bread in the chalice and eat the dipped bread.

  • Once you have consumed the bread with the wine feel free to return to your seat.

 

Important Notes

We believe that when Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion, he gave us both the FORM and the FUNCTION:

  • FORM

    • We use bread and wine because scripture tells us Jesus used bread and wine at The Last Supper. If you are uncomfortable drinking wine, you are more than welcome to just eat the bread.

  • FUNCTION

    • We eat the bread and drink the wine. You might notice that the pastor and those that assisted will consume the rest of the leftover bread and wine after everyone has participated.

Non-baptized persons are welcome to participate. You can do so in two ways:

  • By coming forward and crossing your arms across your chest. The pastor will then pray a prayer asking for God’s blessing to come into your life.

  • You can also remain in your seat and meditate upon what has been said today.

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