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Holy Communion.

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Holy Communion The clear link of Holy Communion with the life & death of Jesus has given the sacrament a unique place in the life of the Church. Early Christians regularly met together to break bread because they believed that Jesus had told them to do so- "Take this & eat it." The service brings together the human and the divine- God and humanity. The Catholics and Orthodox Churches believe that Christ is actually present in the bread and wine once they have been blessed (transubstantiation). The Mass becomes a sacrificial re-enactment of the actual death of Jesus at Calvary. The Eucharist The Church of England celebrates communion as the Eucharist as a service of thanksgiving. Two aspects are focused on: 1. Sufferings of Christ up to and during his death on the Cross. 2. Approach of the worshipper to receive the sacrament. A community meal in which every worshipper share on an equal basis. "Peace"- they hug and kiss one another with the words "The Peace of the Lord be with you." This enables them to go out into the world to share the Gospel of Christ with others. The Mass Mass is celebrated frequently in every Roman Catholic Church. The liturgy underlines four basic beliefs: 1. Service should mirror the Last Supper. 2. Mass is a sacrifice which is offered continually to God. 3. An act of thanksgiving. 4. Spiritually nourished through the Mass. People are invited to repent of their sins and experience the forgiveness of God. Bible readings are read from the Old Testament, Gospels and Epistles. Nicene Creed- sums up what the Church believes about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church and the life to come. Divine Liturgy Any service, which follows a prescribed and ancient ritual, it means "the people's work of thanksgiving to God". Iconostasis- the screen that separates the people in the congregation from the high altar. ...read more.

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It is active participation by everyone present. They believe in the presence of gifts during worship: 1. Healing- people pray for those who are ill 2. Prophecy- people pass on God's messages to others. 3. Glossalalia- speaking in tongues, where people find themselves speaking in an unknown language. 4. Interpretation- someone with the gift of interpretation so that they can tell the person God's message Other gifts include faith, wisdom and discernment; are used for the benefit of the Church to which they belong. Most famous act of worship is Pentecost. The House Church Movement Consists of Protestant Christians. Fellowship that is more intimate and personal. They meet in one another's homes to study the scriptures, sing hymns, pray and break bread. Pattern found in the New Testament. Elders organise and govern it. They usually start as spontaneous, independent assemblies of a few people, and expand links that have been established between some of the House Groups and a new Church may emerge. Worship & the sacraments in a Protestant Free Church The believe in the following: * The uniqueness of Jesus Christ * The physical resurrection of Christ from the dead. * The reality of everlasting life and everlasting judgement. * The reliability & the trustworthiness of the Bible. In mass there is much singing of both old and modern hymns alike, with a music group. It is informal but still slightly serious. All ages are encouraged to feel part of the Community of faith and God is honoured and His word is made relevant. Through groups, activities and events they pray, study and encourage each other to grow in faith. They believe that worship is made up of: * Homage/ submission * Service * Respect They worship: With their lives, Singing Prayer Preaching Liturgy. Communion is celebrated twice a month in which bread & beakers of wine are passed around the congregation and everyone eats @ the same time showing unity. ...read more.

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The crucifixion is part of the good news that the gospel is based on. It was the last attempt by all the powers of evil and darkness to thwart the purposes of God. Holy Saturday A day of quiet anticipation. The Church is thoroughly cleaned and the best furnishings & vessels brought out in preparation for Easter Day. Flowers remind everyone of spring and new life and a symbol for that new life which is to become apparent when Jesus rises from the dead. Easter Sunday Orthodox Churches have a coffin decorated with flowers to remind worshippers of the dead body of Jesus. At midnight the Paschal Candle is lit and Christ is rise. The candle is then brought into the dark Church. The doors of the Church are thrown wide open- rolling away of the stone from the door of the tomb. The candle symbolises the light of the resurrection of Jesus, which gradually overcomes the powers of darkness in the world. The light is passed to remind everyone that the Good News of Jesus is similarly passed from believer to non-believer. The RCs have a main Easter service at midnight with the Easter Vigil. Light from the Paschal candle is passed to everyone to light their candles from. Anglican and Free Churches have sunrise services. Easter Day sets the tone for the coming year; it reaches its climax with this event. The Church waits for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost but the essential elements of its message are now in place. Jesus death Jesus died as an innocent man. The death of Jesus was a victory over all the powers of evil. By his death Jesus was able to pay the penalty that God had placed on humankind for its sinfulness. The death of Jesus was a means of "buying back" the sinful past of humankind. Atonement- making at-one-ment or a "bringing together in harmony". The death of Christ is seen as an "eternal" act in which Christians share as they worship together. ...read more.

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