Wednesday, November 22, 2006


I started reading the "THIS HOLY MYSTERY" document that deals with the sacrament of Holy Communion. The Order Of Saint Luke has just published a study guide for youth and children. I think I'll be spending some time reflecting on this book here at the blog and see what kind of discussions might come out of it. Shalom.


Traditionally Holy Communion has been referred to by several different names. Here are some of them:

1. The Lord's Supper: reminds us that Jesus is the host and we participate at Christ's invitation.

2. Holy Communion: invites us to focus on the self giving of God, the grace that comes from participating in the sacrament, and the communion with God and church community.

3. Eucharist: means "thanksgiving"; reminds us that we are thankful for all the gifts God has blessed us with through creation and salvation.

4. Mass: "sending Forth"; focuses on how the sacrament brings worship to a close and sends us into the world to live as God's children. Traditionally Roman Catholic.

5. The Divine Liturgy: refers to the practice of eating and drinking of consecrated bread and wine in the worshiping community. Traditionally Eastern Orthodox.

I tend to favor Eucharist as the word used for naming communion. Which term do you tend to use more? Is one more valid for Wesleyans?


Art said...

I tend to say 'communion'. We are in communion with each other...

God is Good! Happy Thanksgiving!

the reverend mommy said...

I prefer Eucharist, myself, since Communion, technically is only the distribution of the elements and thus only one of the four-fold actions.

However, common usage in the UMC is indeed "Communion".

Sunday Dinner don't cut it.

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