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Essay on Why the Christian Ritual of Communion is So Special

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As a Christian, there are many different rituals that many different denominations of Christianity follow. One common ritual among most denominations of Christianity is partaking in communion together as a church on Sundays. This ritual holds a special place in my heart. It is important to me because every time I take communion I am reminded of who put me here. I am also reminded of what Jesus did to save me for my sins and why I am here on this Earth. Communion begins with the presentation of the bread and the wine. The bread represents the body of Jesus, broken and put on a cross to forgive us for our sins. The wine represents the blood of Jesus, spilt while he was on the cross to once again forgive us of our sins on this Earth. The…show more content…
The priest begins by talking about how on the night Jesus was betrayed, he called his disciples to a room to have dinner. To start off dinner, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and told his disciples, “Take this, all of you, and eat of it. This is my body, which will be given up for you.” After saying this, the priest lifts up the bread while one of the altar servers rings a bell three times. After laying the bread down, the priest picks up the chalice of wine. The priest tells the church that after supper was over Jesus took a chalice of wine and told his disciples “Take this, all of you, and drink from it. This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.” The priest lifts up the wine while the same altar server rings the same bell three times. After laying down the goblet of wine, the priest kneels, says a small prayer, and proclaims the mystery of faith. There are many different mysteries of faith that he may proclaim. One popular mystery states, “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” After proclaiming the mystery, the priest picks up the bread and says, “This is the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.” The members of the church reply, saying, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you. But only say the word and I shall be healed.” The priest takes a piece of
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