First Communion

Biblical Basis

Mark 14:22-25; Matt 26:26-30; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Cor 11:23-25 – Jesus’ “Last Supper” with his disciples;
John 6: 48-58 – the end of the Bread of Life discourse: “eat my flesh; drink my blood”;
Luke 24:35; Acts 2:42 – Christians gather for the “Breaking of the Bread”

Central Words
“This is my body… This is my blood…”  (the “Words of Institution” from the Last Supper)

Central Actions

The bread and wine are blessed/consecrated by the minister and received/shared by the communicants.

Effects

Being spiritually nourished by Christ’s body and blood; being united (“in communion”) with Christ and other believers.

Ministers

Bishops or Priests