THE HOLY COMMUNION
What is the Holy Communion?
It is the offering and the partaking in the merit of Jesus’ sacrifice of His body and blood, by presenting wine and unsalted bread. It is a symbolic meal with Jesus and His Apostles.
When and with what words did Jesus present the Holy Communion?
During the night when Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He introduced the Holy Communion. “And He took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying: This is My body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying: This cup is the New Testament in My blood, which is shed for you”. Luke 22:19-20
What further texts in the Bible also refer to theintroduction of the Holy Communion?
Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24: and in particular I Cor. 11:23-25.
Who prepares the Holy Communion?
The consecration of the Holy Communion is done by the Priestly Administration.
What is the meaning of consecrations or dedication?
The Holy Communion was introduced by Christ during the night in which He was betrayed. Because Christ instituted the Holy Communion at the Easter meal, just before His death, it takes the character of the new dispensation. The ceremonial law was abolished, and the Holy Communion had to stay (see also I Cor. 11:26). The Holy Communion is in connection with the bond or testament by Christ and Apostle Paul. That is the sign and seal thereto. John 6:48-58 gives more detail of bread which descendedfrom heaven, the bread that is Christ Himself and thedrinking of His blood.
Seeing that Christ was present in the flesh when He spoke this, likewise at the introduction of the Holy Communion, these words could not be taken to have a physical meaning. They should rather be interpreted as a figure of speech. The blessing of the Holy Communion takes place then to plead from God that the wine and bread should possess the same power and merciful blessing as the bread and wine used by Him the night He instituted the Communion. This blessing would have no meaning if the individual who is partaking thereof, is not truly reminded through the ceremony of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The ceremony of the Holy Communion should also remind the partaker thereof about the redeeming power of the gospel of Christ.
What is the pre-condition of the Holy Communion?
It is a hearty desire for grace and the forgiving of sins. This desire should be followed by a confession of those sins for which forgiveness is sought. It is accompanied with true repentance and prayer to God.
How can we partake in the forgiving of sins?
Through a repentant, penitent and grace-seeking heart and faithful acceptance of God’s messenger’s words about the forgiveness of sin.
What is true repentance?
It is honest regret and deep sorrow for the thoughts, words and acts unjustly done against God and man.
What is an unworthy partaking of the Holy Communion?
When we take part in the Holy Communion without true repentance and penance and without the honest intention of improving oneself.
What are the effects of a worthy acceptance of the Holy Communion?
Such effects are manifested in a Heavenly bliss, a deep peace in the soul, and an intimate community with Christ.