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A) How and why do Christians celebrate the Eucharist? b) "It is not necessary to have rituals and ceremonies in a church." Discuss.

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RS ESSAY QUESTION a) How and why do Christians celebrate the Eucharist? b) "It is not necessary to have rituals and ceremonies in a church." Discuss. a) The most important act of worship for many Christians is the Eucharist. The word comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving and refers to a statement in the Bible describing Jesus giving thanks "over the bread and the cup". This description gives an indication of what the ceremony of the Eucharist actually is. It is derived from the Last Supper when Jesus took the bread and wine used in the Jewish Passover meal and shared them with his disciples. 'While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. "Take it," he said, "this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. Jesus said, "This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God's covenant."' (Mark 14:22-25) Jesus' actions during this Last Supper form exactly the Eucharist ceremony. Christians celebrate it to remember Jesus' last night with his disciples before his capture and crucifixion. The bread and wine used in the ceremony help Christians to remember Jesus, as he wished to be remembered, and to feel part of him. ...read more.


To a great extent I agree with this statement, but for many people going to Church and joining in with the ceremonies of the Christian Service is an essential part of showing their faith and the way they live their lives. First of all it is perhaps a good idea to explain the sort of rituals and ceremonies which take place in a Christian Church. There are seven main ceremonies, which are called Sacraments. These are: * Baptism - all Christian denominations have the right to be baptised into the Christian religion. Not only children and babies are baptised, but also adults who have been converted to Christianity can be baptised. * Confirmation - where Christians who have been baptised confirm their commitment to their faith. * Penance - confession of your sins and being granted forgiveness. (This is a particularly important part of the Roman Catholic denomination.) * The Holy Eucharist. * Death and the Funeral ceremony - Christians believe that a Priest should visit and bless really ill people before they die, to pardon their sins. * The Ordination of Clergy - enabling people to administer and perform Church services. * Marriage - still probably the most popular and important event in Christians' lives. Three of these ceremonies are probably considered by our society to be the most important events in people's lives. These are birth (baptism), marriage and death. ...read more.


I have already given a few of my own personal reasons for not needing to perform rituals and ceremonies in Church. Some people believe that the ceremonies performed in Church are not even biblical. In fact it is thought that Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas have come to be celebrated at times of year which are linked more to pagan rituals than to biblical events. If Easter celebrates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, why does the Easter holiday not fall on the same day every year? Many people also believe that performing rituals in Church can lead to fanatical behaviour. The rituals become the most important part of Christians' beliefs so that they forget the importance of their love of God and being kind to others, which is what Christianity is all about. Some believe that rituals can become a form of idolatry, and the Ten Commandments say, "You shall worship no other gods but me". For me the arguments for performing rituals and ceremonies in Church outweigh the arguments against. Whilst I believe that being a Christian is all about trying to live a good life and treating other people as you would like to be treated, I still think that it is necessary to have rituals and ceremonies in Church. I believe that having these helps to bring families and communities together, which makes it easier for people to be Christian towards one another. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 1 ...read more.

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