Biblical Messages

Q&A: What does it mean to take communion?

One of the hallmark practices of the Christian church is the celebration of the Lord’s Supper – or Communion, or the Breaking of Bread, or the Eucharist, whatever your tradition calls it.  But what does it mean to participate in this unusual ritual?

It is definitely a mystery.  In fact, simply calling it a sacrament makes it a mystery, etymologically.  The Latin word from which we derive the English term ‘sacrament’ comes from a translation of the Greek word from which we derive the English term ‘mystery’.  So a sacrament is literally a mystery!

What does it mean to participate in this mystery?  Based on 1 Corinthians 11.17-34, you can listen to this message by clicking here.

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