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Select 2 Christian denominations and explain their approach to Holy Communion.

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Select 2 Christian denominations and explain their approach to Holy Communion. Compare and contrast the main features of their celebration Many Christians celebrate Holy Communion although they have different views about it. In the communion service Christian use the bread and wine as Jesus used it at the last supper. The Holy Communion is called 'Eucharist' which means 'thanksgiving' The Passover is like the Eucharist as God rescued the Jews from slavery by sending Moses and he saved them by sending Jesus. Jesus' last supper was a Passover meal. I have chosen to look at the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist Church. I have chosen Roman Catholic because that is the one I practice and I chose the Baptist church because it is slightly different from the Catholic tradition. ...read more.

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The Roman Catholics call the part of the mass when the Eucharist is celebrated the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In the Liturgy of the Eucharist the bread and wine and gifts of the congregation are brought up to the altar and the priest offers the gifts to God and says 'Lord God, we ask you to receive us and be pleased with our sacrifice we offer you with humble and contrite hearts.' Then the priest washes his hands and says the Eucharistic prayer over the bread and wine. He says the words that Jesus spoke at the last supper in memory of him. The priest and the congregation say the Lord's Prayer and then the shake hands as a sign of peace. ...read more.

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The people remain on their seats and elders or deacons take the Eucharist to them. Then wine or grape juice in individuals cups are taken to them and they all eat and drink together as they would do in a family meal. After this a hymn or chorus may be sung. Roman Catholics use unleavened wafers whereas Baptists just use ordinary bread. Roman Catholics believe that at the Eucharist, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus, this is called Transubstantiation, but Baptists believe that the bread and the wine are symbols of Jesus' body and blood, this is called Consubstantiation. In my essay I have discussed the similarities and differences of the way Baptists and Roman Catholics celebrate the Eucharist. They each belief different things about he Eucharist and they celebrate it differently. ...read more.

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