Basic Actions of the Holy Eucharist:
- Gather in the Lord's Name
- Proclaim and Respond to the Word of God
- The proclamation and response may include readings, song, talk, dance, instrumental music, other art forms, silence. A reading from the Gospel is always included.
- Pray for the World and the Church
- Exchange the Peace
- All greet one another in the name of God.
- Prepare the Table
- Some of those present prepare the table; the bread, the cup of wine, and other offerings, are placed upon it.
- Make Eucharist
- The Great Thanksgiving is said by the Priest in the name of the gathering. The people respond-Amen!
- Break the Bread
- Share the Gifts of God
- The Body and Blood of the Lord are shared in a reverent manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Holy Eucharist?
A. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament given by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection. It is the clearest, strongest, and best sign the church has of God's presence, love, grace, and forgiveness in ourselves, the gathered community, and the world.
Q. What is a sacrament?
A. A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as a sure and certain way by which we receive that grace.
Q. What is grace?
A. Grace is God's favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.
Q. What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?
A. The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ?s command.
Q. What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist?
A. The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith.
Q. What does the word "Eucharist" mean?
A. The word comes from the Greek eucharistia which means "thanksgiving". It refers to the thanksgiving-blessing-grace used by Jesus at the Last Supper. This thanksgiving echoes the characteristic prayer-pattern used by Jews before eating or drinking anything in which they blessed or thanked God. The term has been used since the beginning of the second century.
Q. Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?
A. Because the Eucharist, the Church's sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.
Q. By what other names is this service known?
A. The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord's Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.
Q. What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord's Supper?
A. The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.
Q. What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?
A. It is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.
Q. Who may receive the bread and wine?
A. At St. Margaret's all are welcome to receive the bread and wine. Students are asked to get clarification from their parents as to the family custom of receiving the Holy Eucharist. Some families may wish to reserve this practice for the church setting. Even if you choose not to receive the bread and wine, you are invited to come forward to receive God's blessing. Indicate this by folding your arms across your chest and place your hands near your shoulders.