The Gospels tell us that the Disciples recognised Jesus after his resurrection in the breaking of bread and so as we look to recognise the resurrected Christ in our lives, we also share the Eucharist each week (otherwise known as the Mass, Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion), in commemoration of the Last Supper and hope of the eternal worship of heaven.
A Holy Eucharist the second sacrament instituted by Christ in holy scripture. It is a re-enactment of the Last Supper—the meal that Jesus Christ shared with his disciples before his crucifixion and resurrection. At the meal Jesus gave thanks for bread and wine and shared the meal with them, telling them to remember him whenever they shared bread and wine in the future. He then breaks bread with them each time he appears to them after his resurrection. In fact, sometimes it is only in the ‘breaking of bread’ that they recognise who the resurrected Jesus really is.
Sharing bread and wine, then, is identified in scripture as the way we recognise Jesus in our midst. By holding the Eucharist centrally, we the Church ensure that our practice remains authentic to Jesus’ teaching and example. By receiving these gifts we receive Christ’s sacred body, which makes us whole and fuels us spiritually; and together we become the ‘Body of Christ’ (the Church).
Christians believe that God’s endless mercy, love and peace transform our fallen world into the new creation of life in Christ. The sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist are instruments of grace which give us strength and resolve to follow Christ in a life of obedience to God. When taken individually (home communion) or in church (Parish Eucharist) we are drawn into fellowship with God where we are renewed, healed and given strength for the ministry that we will undertake in the week ahead.