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The role of holy communion.

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The Holy Communion is also another name for 'Eucharist', the Liturgy, and Lord's Supper. The Holy Communion represents the idea of Christians being joined together by sharing the 'body' and 'blood' of Christ. Christ reminds us that we cannot build a solid Christian faith if we do not indulge in the Holy Communion. "I am the bread of life. My flesh is real..." (John 6: 48-58) Christ chose to use food because of its nutritional quality, to represent the spiritual nutrition he intended to give us. Christ also makes symbolical use of bread. Bread is a common food available to all people. It is also a staple food for the poor. This shows that Jesus is readily available to those who want him regardless of wealth or social status. Perhaps one of the most important links to this is that Christ compares us to the Israelites who were feed with 'manna' when they escaped Egypt. Christ also chose to make use of the wine to lay 'symbolic' emphasis on his availability to those who wanted him. Wine has over the years been used as an alternative to water and has been served at most meals. The Jews also saw wine as a sign of blessing from God. The concept of the Eucharist is a vast topic. This essay will examine it through the 'eyes' of different Christian denominations, the distinctive features as well as how they affect various Christians. The Orthodox communion or liturgy has two main parts. ...read more.

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However, in the Methodist communion, the bread is consecrated. The Orthodox liturgy is conducted in two parts (liturgy of the word and liturgy of the faithful), and is presided over by a Priest. In contrast the Methodist communion is conducted in one session and is presided over by a minister and occasionally conducted by laymen. Most Christians believe that when we celebrate the Holy Communion we obey the commandments of God. Just as we require nourishment to remain alive so do we also need the Holy Communion? This spiritual food supplies us the strength and motivation to pursue the teaching of Christ earnestly. When we receive the Eucharist, we become united and share in eternal life. To the apostle Paul, the Eucharist is the way to build a strong Christian community. The way Jesus Christ meant it to be. The Holy Communion cannot be discussed without first relating how it links to the Jewish festival of Passover and how the festival affected the lives of the Jews. The feast of Passover was first celebrated when God saved the Israelites from Egypt. When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, God sent Moses to Pharaoh and instructed that the Jews be released. The King refused and God punished the Egyptians with various plagues. Pharaoh remained adamant and deceitful. God therefore caused the deaths of the first-born sons of each family. However, before this, he instructed the Jews to sprinkle the blood of the slaughtered and untainted lamb on their doors. ...read more.

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They believe that what actually matters is the way Christians accept Jesus Christ for themselves in their hearts. William Booth, who is also the founder of the Salvation Army, includes practices such as child dedication and unnecessary religious practices, as practices which do not 'save the soul'. The most important idea of the reformation is that all people are justified in the sight of God through faith in Christ Jesus. They believe that everyone who has sinned and deserves punishment. But, all forgiveness comes from God. Sharing the sacrament represents God's love and forgiveness. It would be absolutely useless when one who receives Holy Communion remains faithless in Christ. In conclusion, various Christian denominations practice the Eucharist while others do not, for different reasons. Also the Eucharist has been forced back to the feast of the Passover and both symbolize the relationship between God and Man. However, I support the view that 'The manner in which you treat other people is more important than participating in The Holy Communion. The main teachings of Christ are summarized in these words 'Love thy neighbour as yourself'. Therefore in abiding by Christ's teachings, our focus should be the above instructions. Thus since the Eucharist is only but a mere symbolical representation of the unity Christ intends for the Christian society, it should be treated as such and not as a dogma. Based on the teachings of Christ, it is more important to treat your fellow human beings well rather than take part in Holy Communion. Mary Ifegwu RE coursework: Holy Communion Mr. O'Donovan Mary Ifegwu ...read more.

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