Last night, at our Lenten Soup ‘n’ Sing, we began a series of reflections on the names for Holy Communion. Every name for the communion meal recognizes that this meal is a means of grace in which we encounter the love of God in the eating and drinking of bread and wine. At the same time, each of these names also reveals a different facet of the mystery of this sacrament.
The first name we considered was “Holy Communion”. As noted in Sundays and Seasons 2016 (published by Augsburg Fortress):
This name emphasizes the relationship between the assembly and Christ and the relationship among those who eat the meal. When we eat and drink the bread and wine of the meal, we receive the body of Christ as the presence of Jesus and become the body of Christ as a community. We are bound together as one community by sharing this meal together, now and with those from every time and place.
What other names do we use? Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, Mass, Sacrament of the Altar…we will be exploring these names over the next few Wednesday evenings.