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