The Eucharist

'Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!" Mark 11:10

The Eucharist (a Greek word meaning 'thanksgiving’) is also known as the Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper or Mass. In this service we have the great privilege of receiving the ‘body and blood’ of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In a final meal with his friends, Jesus took bread, broke it and shared it saying, ‘This is my body’. Jesus then passed a cup of wine among the disciples and said, ‘This is my blood’. This was to show that the next day his body would be broken and his blood spilt. So as we share bread and wine, we remember Jesus’ death on the cross.

Yet the Eucharist is much more than a commemoration of Jesus’ death. For 2000 years Christians have believed that the bread and wine are a special focus for the presence of Christ, so in receiving them we meet with our risen Lord. Jesus comes to us in the Eucharist to feed us and fill us with his new life.


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We are always glad to bring Holy Communion to people in their home if ill health precludes attendance at church services. If you would like to receive Holy Communion at home, whether or not you have received Communion in the past or even attended Church, please contact the Church Office (01923 721002).


The Eucharist is central to our worship at St Mary's



Last updated: January 4, 2015


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