Whether said or sung, the Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is the central act of Christian worship and reveals the heart of the Christian faith. On the night before he died, Jesus of Nazareth met with his disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Passover. At this meal he took bread, broke it and said, "This is my Body." He took a cup and said, "This is my blood - the blood of a new covenant of forgiveness." He shared the bread and the cup with his disciples, and told them, "do this in remembrance of me." Whenever his followers gather to do as he said, we are caught up again in the events of the last week of his earthly life. He lives among us as we receive his gifts.
Eucharist is an act of celebration in which the very life of God is given to us in the bread and the cup. Receiving this life gift, ordinary frail and fragile beings are strengthened as members of the Body of Christ, a community called to serve God in the world.
All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup. At St. Paul's, no one who presents themselves desiring to receive Communion will be refused.