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The sacrament of Holy Communion forms part of the worship for most Christians. Explain the beliefs and practices associated with this sacrament in two Christian traditions.

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The sacrament of Holy Communion forms part of the worship for most Christians. Explain the beliefs and practices associated with this sacrament in two Christian traditions. Introduction Christians celebrate the Holy Communion because it brings them into a closer relationship with Christ. They share spiritually in the death of Jesus on the cross. It originated from the Last Supper of Jesus, which was also a Passover meal. A meal eaten once a year by the Jews to remember the release of Israelites from captivity in Egypt, a celebration of freedom from slavery. At the Last Supper, Jesus referred the bread and wine to himself: the bread as his body and wine as his blood. He said to his disciples: "'Take it, this is my body,' Then he took a cup...and said, 'This is my blood which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (Mark 14:22 - 4) Many Christians see the Holy Communion as a sacrament, it is more than a symbol that just reminds people of something; it is a special action that Christians believe is a vehicle or channel for God's presence, and by taking part in it they feel closer to him. The meaning of Holy Communion The death and resurrection of Jesus is not only setting free humans from their sins, but it also shows the love of God and the defeat of good over evil. ...read more.

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(Matthew 11.28) So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3.16) Hear also what Saint Paul saith: This a true saying and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1.15) Hear also what Saint John saith: If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 2.1)" Next is 'the Prayer of Humble Access', it asks "to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body and...". After this finally comes the most important part of the service - the sharing of the bread and wine, which begins with the Eucharistic Prayer. At this point the people hug and kiss one another with the words 'The Peace of the Lord be with you'. Once the priest has blessed the elements, he/she invites everyone to share in the spiritual meal with the words: "Draw near with faith and receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, and his blood, which was shed for thee. ...read more.

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In the same way he can take a human life and transform it if it is offered to him. But the people would drink the wine (some people who do not drink alcohol would take unfermented grapefruit juice) at the same time. This symbolises an equally important Protestant belief that the Church to which all true believers belong is one, united in fellowship with Christ. In the Baptist Church, people do not believe that the bread and wine change during the Breaking of Bread, instead, they believe that it is only an act of memorial. For those taking part in it, the bread and wine are pointers to much more important spiritual realities. In taking, and consuming the bread and wine each person is stimulated to think about the death and resurrection of Jesus, it makes them remember. Conclusion The Holy Communion is a crucial part of Christian worship in all the different denominations. But however, it is celebrated very differently among all the churches, and some take it more importantly than others (e.g. it is more essential the Church of England than the Nonconformists). They all have a different understanding and interpretation of the Holy Communion, the Church of England believes Transignification whereas the Nonconformists believe it is a memorial. The Holy Communion reminds Christians of Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection as recorded in the Bible and creeds. Guagua Bo Harrow School Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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