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"Select two Christian denominations and explain their approach to Holy Communion. Compare and contrast the main features of their celebrations".

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Holy Communion Skill A01 "Select two Christian denominations and explain their approach to Holy Communion. Compare and contrast the main features of their celebrations". Holy Communion is a sacrament which takes place in most Christian denominations. Bread and wine are consecrated by an ordained priest and consumed by the priest and members of the congregation to commemorate the death of Jesus and to follow the command Jesus gave at the Last Supper, "Do this in remembrance of me". Interpretations of the meaning of Holy Communion vary, not only between Christian denominations but also within individual denominations. Anglicans use two main names for the service, Holy Communion which means a sacred gathering with others to share thoughts and feelings, and the Eucharist meaning thanksgiving. The Catholic Church mainly calls the service Mass, which is taken from the last sentence of the service when it was read in Latin, 'Ite, missa est'. Other names used in other Churches are the Lord's Supper and the Breaking of the Bread. In both Churches the service is spilt into two main parts, which together form the fundamental act of unity. ...read more.

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Both denominations have similar services even though some beliefs vary. In both Churches the service starts with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, which begins with the presentation of the bread and wine. An invitation is said to the congregation to join together for the sacrifice that's about to be offered. The Eucharist prayer is said as the bread and wine are consecrated. Also as remembrance of the greatness and majesty of God, they say, "Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again". The Priest breaks the bread in front of the communicants. The Prayer of Humble Access is said to remind them that they join for communion not because they're worthy to, but because God himself invited them. As the Priest gives them the bread to each person, he says, "The Body of Christ" and as he hands them the chalice with the wine, he says, "The Blood of Christ", each time the receiver says, "Amen". Communion Rite follows, which consists of the Lord's Prayer and a period of reflective silence. Then the priest sends the people out and says, "Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord" to which the communicants reply, "Thanks be to God". ...read more.

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In Lady St. Mary, Wareham, communion is celebrated at least once a week. Also Catholic don't allow Women Priests to lead Communion. This is mainly because the priest has to take on the role of Jesus and they believe a woman cannot take on a man's role. This is the same in some Anglican Churches but not all; it depends on the parish whether women are allowed to lead a Holy Communion service. In 1993 the General Synod allowed women priests into the Church of England. This is because Jesus taught equality between men and women. If Jesus had chosen women for his disciples they wouldn't have been listened to or taken seriously just because of the times he lived in and the part of society. Both Churches share the belief that to take communion the person has to have been baptised, as a sign of membership to the Church and need to be confirmed to show they agree to live by the promises said at their baptism. Although in the two services there are many slight differences there is one main similarity. Both services are of thanksgiving and to commemorate the sacrifice Jesus made for them. 1 2 ...read more.

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