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GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES YEAR 10 REASERCH TASK HOLY COMMUNION Christians have always celebrated the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples on the night before he died; Christians call this the Last Supper, and for most Christians it is their main ceremony of life. Christians remember the death and resurrection of Jesus by having a simple meal of bread and wine and in the bible the Gospel of Luke tells us about the Last Supper. Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.' (Luke 22 v 19-20) Then after the meal Jesus stood up and he spoke. 'I tell you the truth, one of you will betray, - One who sitting eating with me.' Then he said. 'The man who will kill the son of men, it would be better for him if he had not been born.' Christians share bread and wine between them in remembrance of Jesus as he did with his disciples and it also enables them to celebrate being members together of the worldwide community of the Church. The bread and wine is special to Christians in Holy Communion because they are the body and blood of the risen Christ. ...read more.


Here is one form of the Eucharistic Prayer: Priest/Minister: The Lord be with you. Congregation: And also with you. Priest/Minister: Lift up your hearts. Congregation: We lift them to the Lord. Priest/Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. Congregation: It is right to give thanks and praise. Priest/Minister: It is indeed right, It is our duty and our joy, At all times and in all places To give thanks and praise, Holy Father, heavenly King, Almighty and eternal God, Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. * Holy Communion: The word 'Communion' means to take part in something as a group or family. Christians meet together as a family to share the bread and wine and the title Holy Communion is used by Anglicans and members of the Free Churches. * Mass: This service used to be read in Latin and the final sentence was 'Ite, missa est' and this means 'Go, you are sent on a mission'. After the service the congregation go out and continue their mission, after being given more strength by the fellowship of the church and the body and blood of Jesus. Roman Catholics and some Anglicans use the title Mass. * Divine Liturgy: In this signification the word 'liturgy' means to give an offering or a service. Members of the Orthodox Church look upon the ceremony as an opportunity to praise God and give their lives to his service so they use the title Divine Liturgy. ...read more.


Transubstantiation is used here as the bread is 'transformed' into the wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. After the service there is a short time for silent prayer, then the priest blesses and dismisses the people. Methodist Celebration This is the Methodist celebration for Holy Communion. The service is first opened with a hymn and prayers of praise to God. Then the priest reads a Hymn and a Sermon from the Bible and then prayers are said for people in need all over the world. The Minister says thanksgiving over the bread and wine, and this tells the story of the Last Supper. Then the people will be invited to the communion table by the priest saying the words, 'Receive the body of Christ which was given for you and the blood of Christ which was shed for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith and thanksgiving.' Ordinary bread and either grape juice or unfermented wine, are used in this celebration rather than real alcoholic wine. Then after the communion there is a prayer of thanksgiving and the people are sent into the world by the priest saying, 'Go in peace with the power of the Spirit to live and work to God's praise and glory.' This is an example of consubstantiation as the wine has stayed as wine but has become non-alcoholic or unfermented. The opposite of transubstantiation is consubstantiation and this means that the bread or wine in the celebration of Holy Communion has not changed and they have stayed 'constant'. ...read more.

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