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Holy Communion

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Holy Communion O ften referred to as sharing analogous characteristics; the Roman Catholic Church alongside the Anglican Church share mutual teaching ground on the factors of Holy Communion. Even though they are two different denominations of a varied religion, both religions share the notion that Jesus was Christ, the anointed one, therefore concluding in the point that they believed Jesus was sent by God as our Saviour of sins and in that they both share no differentiation. By these churches proclaiming that it is in fact just that; holy; they are saying that it is something sacred, a privilege provided by Jesus to us and something which should remain sacred. The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament which contains the body and blood, soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. Holy Communion express the idea that Christians are joined together in a community, with Christ, by sharing the bread and wine. The importance of the Eucharist lies as one of the main acts of worship for both Catholics and Anglicans. It is often celebrated at least once a week, every Sunday, and even in some cases; everyday. The Eucharist derives from the Greek word for Thanksgiving. It is one of the only sacraments established by all Christians. A sacrament is a sacred ceremony which is a sign of Christ's presence in the Church and the lives of Christians. The Anglican accept only two sacraments; baptism and Eucharist, as these are the only two which have an indisputable foundation in the New Testament. The churches of the Catholic tradition accept these two plus five others. ...read more.

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Jesus' sacrifice on the cross can never be repeated, but the body he offered on the cross is present on the alter *- They believe that when they receive the bread and wine, Jesus is with them in a special way. At Holy Communion, the bread and wine are consecrated by the priest who hands his congregation a piece of bread with the words, "The body of our Lord Jesus Christ," and then a communal chalice of wine saying, "The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ." For some members of the Anglican Church, these words carry the same significance as they do for Roman Catholics - that the bread and wine are turned into the actual body and blood of Jesus, a belief called 'transubstantiation'. The doctrine of the Real Presence asserts that in the Holy Eucharist, Jesus is literally and wholly present-body and blood, soul and divinity-under the appearances of bread and wine. Evangelicals and Fundamentalists frequently attack this doctrine as "unbiblical," but the Bible is forthright in declaring it. Think of a lump of stone, it is carved into a statue. Is it then both a lump of stone and a carved statue, or is it only a statue? The Catholics can celebrate mass any day, by doing this, they are saying that it is something elite, special and unique. Two beliefs underline the Catholic approach to this service and these distinguish it from the Protestant Holy Communion, and its variants. First, Roman Catholics believe that the Mass is a sacrifice. Each time it is celebrated Christ renews the sacrifice that he made for the sins of the world when he was crucified. ...read more.

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The Catholics along with some of the Anglicans and Orthodoxy's, believe that it is important to celebrate the Eucharist because when the priest consecrates the bread and wine, transubstantiation has occurred. Other denominations believe that it is important when the bread and wine are made holy, however it is only a symbol when this happens, the bread and wine don't actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most Christians celebrate the Eucharist because when they do this they are keeping the life of Jesus very much alive in their hearts; they are following out his orders. The Quakers and the Salvation Army do not have Holy Communion services. They believe that outward signs are not important. They believe that there is a danger that Christians may be more devoted to the sacrament than to Jesus. What matters to them is the way in which Christians accept Jesus in their hearts. As a Catholic, I believe that it is more important for people to concentrate on the way in which they relate to each other rather than the way they lie to themselves and God on Sunday. I have concluded in the fact that it is a lie for if what they say at Mass is true in their hearts they would want to go out and make a difference. You see, you can worship and devote yourself to God on Sunday, however how much of a modification does it make? We can all go to church on Sunday and praise the Lord, but from Monday to Saturday, what effect has that service had on our lives. Leaving me to conclude that this kind of hypocritical behaviour has become acceptable in our society today, however, does it make it right? Written By Tyrone Sinclair 1 Tyrone Sinclair ...read more.

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