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Describe and explain the way in which Christians celebrate Holy Communion'

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RS: Coursework number 2: Christianity 'Describe and explain the way in which Christians celebrate Holy Communion' There are many different ways in which Christians celebrate Holy Communion, depending on the denomination of Christianity, in which they belong. Holy Communion is one of the seven sacraments found in Christianity. A sacrament is an outward physical act with an inward, deeper meaning, which can be obtained through various, specific rituals. In the case of Holy Communion, which is also known as the Eucharist meal or Mass, Christian worshippers believe that they receive the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, through the act of eating the bread, which symbolises Christ's body, and by drinking the wine, said to be his blood. This sacrament originates back to the lord's last supper. There are various beliefs about the symbolism of this ritual; these beliefs will be separately explored, focussing on the different Christian denominations. Jesus' last supper celebrated the Passover story. This was when Moses had warned Pharaoh that all newly born Egyptian boys would die if the Jews were stopped from freeing themselves, and travel to the Promised Land. ...read more.


After giving thanks to God with the Eucharist Prayer, the priest blesses the bread and the wine, before members of the congregation can have them with the belief that they had mysteriously changed into Jesus' real body. All participants drink from the same chalice, or cup in order to show equality as well as foregrounding that Jesus' life is shared between all believers. At the ceremony there are no separations between any of the worshippers. There is no table of precedence, and no priority of a prince over a dustman. The whole occasion symbolises the unity of all Christians with each other, as well as their unity with God and his son. To drink from the same cup as everybody else is a privilege for all worshippers as it shows how they are all united within the same practices and beliefs. When the Mass is over, the priest dismisses the congregation telling people to live their lives peacefully, considering their actions towards others as well as following the example set by Christ. Despite the Anglican Church accepting the celebration of Holy Communion, it only believes in one other sacrament: Baptism. ...read more.


The main differences in beliefs about receiving the bread and the wine, are that Roman Catholic Church believe in the idea of transubstantiation, which is the idea that the bread and the wine that they receive during the service has mysteriously transformed into Jesus' actual body and blood, over the years, whereas the Anglican Church believes in the idea of consubstantiation. This is the belief that Jesus' body and blood are somehow present around the bread and the wine that they receive during the service, but is not literally the food and drink that they have. The Eucharist meal (Holy Communion) generally has the following elements, in all churches mentioned above: * Confession of sins: This is to obtain forgiveness from God and to be spiritually clean to take part in Eucharist. * Bible readings and sermon * The offertory: Where the bread and wine are brought to the altar * The great thanks giving prayer. * Blessing of bread and wine: A retelling of the last supper where the bread and wine were blessed by the words of Jesus 'this is my body' (bread) and 'this is my blood' (wine). The priest or minister repeats these words. * The communion: This is where the congregation receive bread and wine. * The dismissal Samer Ghozlan 10A H.W 23.4.05 ...read more.

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