Holy Communion

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How do different denominations of Christianity celebrate Holy Communion?

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The Orthodox Church

THE DIVINE LITURGY IN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

  • Divine recreates heaven on earth
  • Lots of the service takes place at the alter in the sanctuary behind a screen; represents divide between heaven and earth
  • Priest passes behind screen through Royal Doors
  • Church filled with candles and incence to feel presence of God

Liturgy of the Word

  • Hymns and prayers, readings from the Bible
  • Priest comes through Royal Doors, chants gospel
  • Possibly a sermon

Liturgy of the Faithful

  • Lord's prayer and other prayers and Jesus' Last Super words spoken behind screen
  • Bread broken into pieces and handed out to congregation
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The Catholic Church

CATHOLIC MASS

Begins with greetings from the Priest and prayers of penance and praise.

Liturgy of the Word

  • On Sundays with 3 readings from the Bible, a psalm and a homity
  • Prayers spoken for church, world, community, sick and dead

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Offerings of bread and wine brought to the alter
  • Priest says Eucharist prayer, words of Jesus at the Last Supper
  • Lord's prayer said
  • Members of congregation come forward to recieve communion
  • Priest blesses the congregation
  • Usually the same pattern every week
  • A rosary can be used
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The Anglican Church

HOLY COMMUNION IN THE ANGLICAN CHURCH

  • Very similar to Catholic Church
  • 'Peace' is shared before bread and wine are brought to the alter
  • Emphasis on community and sharing

The Word of God Entrance Rite

  • Priest and choir enter behind cross
  • Congregation sings hymns

The Lessons

  • Two lessons from Bible are read
  • Psalm sung between lessons

Sermon

  • Follows gospel, explains some teachings
  • Stand and recite the Nicene Creed
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Nonconformist Churches

HOLY COMMUNION IN NONCONFORMIST CHURCHES

  • Begins with prayers of praise and thanksgiving
  • Bible readings and sermon follow
  • Congregation prays for world and each other
  • Minister reminds congregation of Jesus' words and actions
  • Anyone who wishes to recieve communion can
  • People may come forward to recieve bread and wine 
  • Final prayer of thanksgiving, blessing and encouragements to go out and serve God
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