COMMUNION

Communion is the act of partaking of the body and blood of . Communion is given many designations in the , such as, “a new ” (. 8:8-12), “eternal life” ( 6:54), a “ in Christ” (John 5:56; 15:5-7), and a “sharing in the ” (1 Cor. 10:16-17). Since the early Church, communion was permitted only to the faithful. In administering the body and blood of Christ to the communicants, the follows as as possible the procedure set by Christ when he instituted this .

The two elements, first the bread and then the wine, are separately given. In the , the starts by partaking himself, followed by the rest of the and the , then the —men first, then women. The Church has laid down certain to be met before receiving communion.

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