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Our Lord makes himself known to us -- in the Holy Eucharist.  Eucharist comes from a Greek word which means "thanksgiving." In the Eucharist we offer our thanks to God for his great gifts to us, remembering especially the life and death and resurrection of his Son our Lord Jesus Christ. The color for this day ... reminds us of the season of the Church Year.


Eucharist is only one name for this service. In the Greek Church it is called the Divine Liturgy which refers to God's people worshipping him together. Sometimes it is called the Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, and sometimes the Mass. But whatever name we call it, it is one of the most important ways for us to come to meet our Lord. We believe that he is really and truly present in the Bread and in the Wine.  This is why for almost 2000 years, Christians have come together Sunday after Sunday and often during the week. They have come to offer themselves to God and to receive Him into their lives in a very special way.  


It is important for us to remember the Eucharist is not something that only a priest does; it is something we do together.  A priest cannot celebrate the Eucharist alone; there must be at least one other person. What the priest does is represent us to God at the altar and to represent Christ who feeds us with the strength of his Body and Blood in the form of Bread and Wine.

There are two parts to the Eucharist.  The first is "the Word of God," sometimes called the Ante-Communion ("ante" means "before"). This includes (1) the opening prayers, (2) lessons from the Old and New Testaments appointed for the day, (3) the Church's statement of faith, the Nicene Creed, and (4) the intercessions or the prayers of the people. The second part of the Eucharist is called the Holy Communion during which bread and wine are offered, consecrated or set apart, and then received by God's people with thanksgiving.

The ministers - - that is the clergy, vergers, acolytes, and choir members, wear vestments. Vestments cover our ordinary clothing. This reminds us that the Church belongs to no particular time or place because it is both universal (in all places) and historic, (belonging to no specific time). It also keeps us from paying attention to what people are wearing, whether their clothing is new or old, the latest style or our of date. Other ministers may not wear vestments. At the Cathedral, Lay Eucharistic Ministers who bear the chalice or those who take Holy Communion to the sick and shut-in members of the parish,... as well as the lectors and intercessors, those who read the lessons and prayers,... all wear ordinary clothes. This is to remind us that we are all called to minister and all share in "the priesthood of all believers." Not all Episcopal Churches do things in exactly in the same way.

All who have been baptized are welcome to come to the Altar Rail to receive communion, which in our church is both bread and wine.  It is personal preference when receiving communion as to whether you receive either or both gifts.  You may also make the choice as to take a sip of wine from the chalice itself or to “intinct” (dunk) the bread into the cup instead.  You may choose to come to communion to receive only a blessing.  If this is your choice, simply cross your hands over your chest and you will be given a blessing when it is your turn.  On the 1st Sunday of the month, we offer the “Laying on of Hands” after communion.  You are invited back to the communion rail for a special blessing for healing for yourself or for someone you know.  The clergy will lay their hands upon your head, make the sign of the cross and offer up prayers especially for you.


For a more complete description and further information, please see our PDF about the Eucharist.



The Episcopal Eucharist Explained

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