The Episcopal Church is a sacramental people...that is, we experience the love of God in our lives through the sacraments. There are two great sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ: Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
Are all Welcome to Receive Holy Communion.
Sacraments have two parts: Inward & Spiritual and Outward & Visible. As people created by God, we are human, mortal and limited. At the same time we carry divinity within us, we are created in the likeness and image of God. As we are divine and human, the sacraments created for us are divine and human.
- The outward and visible sign in the Holy Eucharist is the bread and wine, given and received according to Christ's command.
- The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Eucharist is is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith.
- In the Lord's Supper we receive forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.
- It is required of us when we come to the Eucharist that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.
(from The Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, pages 859-860)
In the Holy Eucharist we are united with God and united with each other. We are forgiven and strengthened so that we may go out into the world sharing the Light of Christ.
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us.
Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength;
for pardon only, and not for renewal.
Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body,
one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.
(from Eucharistic Prayer C, Book of Common Prayer, page 372)