Why Do We Celebrate Communion?
The meanings of Holy Communion are rich and varied, as is the history of its celebration among Christians. In Using Evangelical Lutheran Worship: The Sunday Assembly, the author reminds us of the New Testament origins of such a holy meal: both Jesus’ last supper as recorded in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke and in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
In addition to these oft-cited “proofs” for this sacrament, “the church comes into existence as a meal-fellowship (Acts 2:42, 46; 1 Cor. 11:17-22), in which the thanksgiving, eating, and drinking are the very place where the community discovers that the crucified one is risen (Luke 24:28-35, 41-43; Acts 10:41; John 21:1-14”. The early church came to understand themselves as Jesus’ followers “in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35)
From ELCA Worship Resources
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Resources also noted from (The Sunday Assembly, p. 30)