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maasive10
Oct 9th 2008, 06:13 PM
I am quite curious as to how other churches administer The Lord's Supper (communion) - this is not meant to be a debate - just a giving of information - I have recently visited a friends church and seen how it was administered there and how it differed from mine - I am not saying one is more right than the other - I think we all agree that as long is your heart is right, true repentance has been made and preparation of the heart - that is most important.

I'll go first:
(I know some of you call it communion - I just have always called it The Lord's Supper - bear with me)

In the week prior to Lord's Supper the minister focuses one of his sermons on Preparation for the Lord's Supper. Getting your heart ready, making repentance, etc.

The day of the Lords' Supper - we have our regular church service - followed by the administration of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper (LS).

The minister reads the form for administration of LS and calls the first table up.
Several members walk forward and sit at one of the chairs in the front of the church (We all sit in a large oval (40 chairs maybe) - with a table in the middle holding the bread (we use real bread) and wine, the minister then begins with the bread (says "The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ" and breaks a piece of bread to symbolize this) and passes two plates holding bread in either direction of the circle. We sit and contemplate in silence the great sacrifice made for us, when the bread is finished we start with the wine (The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ) Then two cups are passed in either direction around the circle - we each take a sip. We sit until all have finished and then the minister reads a passage of scripture and comments on it, then we sing a song and proceed back to our benches and the next table is called forward.

When all the tables our finished he finishes reading the form, and the minister sends a prayer of Thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven.


So that's how it is done at my church - I am sure I am in the minority with the whole sharing of the cup.

Emanate
Oct 9th 2008, 06:17 PM
My Family and I always celebrate with a meal of lamb, bitter herbs, unleavened bread and wine. We do this once a year per the biblical mandate and the instruction of Messiah and Saul. As I have stated already, the first time my sons confessed Y'shua as Messiah was during a Passover meal. It is truly a beautiful thing.

uric3
Oct 9th 2008, 07:51 PM
Ours is served in this manner:

On Sunday after we have sung hymns, heard a lesson preached, we sing another hymn to help prepare our minds and then 7 men go to the front one being the speaker and normally reads some passages that deal with the institution of the Lords Supper, or some passages about our saviors death.

Then he will pick up the bread and talk about what it represents and then ask someone to pray before we pertake. Then they pass it out to everyone, then once everyone has been served he will talk about what fruit of the vine(cup) represents and after another prayer then pass it out to everyone as the bread was.

We partake every Sunday reason being is because we see the example of Acts 20:7 where the disciples pertook on the first day of the week.

Anyway thats how its done at least where I attend...

I think its interesting how you all sit in a circle to partake, any reason as to why you do it that way? Just curious

Whispering Grace
Oct 10th 2008, 03:38 PM
We usually gather at the front of the church together, and the Pastor gives thanks, reads the corresponding Scripture to the bread and we eat, then he reads the corresponding Scrpture to the wine and we drink.

We usually do foot washing prior to receiving communion (the ladies in one room, the men in another).

I've been at my church now for a year and a half, and if I recall we've only had communion 3 times. I would love to do it more often.

RickH
Oct 10th 2008, 05:26 PM
With my congregation, it is usually announced about two weeks in advance. If after we examine ourselves and we wish to talk to an elder, we can. A few days before communion we have a service in which everyone who wishes to partake gives their testimony. The testimony part is not really a mandatory part because people work and you get visitors sometimes too.

Br. Barnabas
Oct 10th 2008, 06:37 PM
In my church we take it every week. The whole service is laid out and usually around the Eucharist. It is in fact called the Rite of Holy Eucharist.

This is what it looks like.

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

The people standing, the Celebrant says

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.
Amen.

Celebrant Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our
hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may
perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people

The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Let us pray.

The Celebrant says the Collect.

People Amen.

The Lessons

The people sit. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read,
the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from .

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Reading, the Reader may say

The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

or the Reader may say Here ends the Reading (Epistle).

Silence may follow

A Psalm, hymn, or anthem may follow each Reading.

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to .
People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.
People Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Sermon


On Sundays and other Major Feasts there follows, all standing


The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.


The Prayers of the People
My church has special prayers that we say for the community and those who have gone on mission trips. We also left up special prayers from the people we know.

Confession of Sin

The Deacon or Celebrant says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Minister and People

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Peace

All stand. The Celebrant says to the people

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.

Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the
name of the Lord.

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A

The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says

The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-
where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and
Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever
sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continues

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us
for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become
subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus
Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human
nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the
God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself,
in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole
world.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it,
or to lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or
place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be
consecrated.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our
Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks
to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take,
eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the
remembrance of me."

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given
thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you:
This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you
and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink
it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The Celebrant continues

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in
this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death,
resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the
Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new
and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully
receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy,
and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints
into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and
with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor
and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior
Christ has taught us,
we are bold to say,

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our tresspasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.

Then may be sung or said

[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]

Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation
The Gifts of God for the People of God.
Take them in remembrance that Christ died for
you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith,
with thanksgiving.

The ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately
deliver it to the people.

The Bread and the Cup are given to the communicants with these words

The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven. [Amen.]
The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. [Amen.]

After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Deacon Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

maasive10
Oct 10th 2008, 08:01 PM
I think its interesting how you all sit in a circle to partake, any reason as to why you do it that way? Just curious

I believe this is how it was done in the early churches - everyone would gather around the table - although it is alot more time consuming to do it this way (our services on Lord Supper Sunday's are often 2 hours or more) having to of course have several tables to accomodate those who attend. I however find it very reverent and it really gives those partaking a generous amount of time to reflect on all of God's goodness and mercy.

Isn't it interesting how we all do it so differently.

Teke
Oct 10th 2008, 08:32 PM
"How is your Lord's Supper administered?" To answer the question very simply, with a great deal of prayer and preparation. :)

We follow a formal orderly ancient tradition. For the priests this is a great deal of service. Two or three hours before anyone arrives at church, the priests are doing preparatory services called the hours, which is a great deal of praying (I hear the preist's call it 'standing in the flame'). They will also be cutting up the bread in a specific manner with prayers. Complete litrugical time for the priest's can be from 5 to 8 hours and for the laity from 1 1/2 to 4 hours.

Our bread is made in prayer by someone from the laity, whether it's one loaf, three or five (smaller loafs), varies depending on who the particular church branch is associated with. There is a seal that is impressed onto the bread in the center. The seal is usually the Greek first and last letters for Jesus Christ. This center piece is cut out and is the Lamb for the faithful, the other pieces of bread are put aside and offered later at the end of the liturgy to anyone, they are considered blessed bread (anaphora), blessed because of their association with the altar.

There are prayers and hymns sung continually along with amen's from the people as well as Lord have mercy's accompanying the prayers (all singing, what we call "tones"). Creed spoken by the faithful (as Uriel also pointed out). A reader reads the epistle for the day, and the priest reads the gospel verses for the day, then does a homily on the verses read. We all stand throughout the Divine Liturgy on Sundays as a rule, it's the Lord's Day and we are presenting ourselves before Him. No prostrating, kneeling or otherwise. The elderly and infirmed can sit if they need to.

The priest brings the chalice with the bread from the altar through the royal doors as we begin to sing "Receive the Body of Christ, taste the fountain of immortality" many times while all partake. One by one each person comes up to the priest to receive the bread and wine from one cup. The priest says, "receive the body and blood of our Lord (insert name). Then we kiss the cup and the priests hand after we receive. (kissing is not unusual in my church, we kiss many things including the cross at the end of our liturgy, but that is just one of many things people are busy doing in our churches). When all have partaken we then sing three alleluia's.

Our wine has been mixed with water, the water representing the Holy Spirit. In the prayers during the liturgy the Holy Spirit is prayed to come and make the bread and wine the body and blood of our Lord (meaning an acceptable sacrifice).

There is no complete confession prayer in the liturgy. We don't see sin in a general sense to make such a confession, so everyone who is to partake is to go to confession beforehand. Even if it is just before the liturgy begins.

There are many other things to numerous to go into here without explanation, but that is it basically.


Here is the liturgy we usually do. THE DIVINE LITURGY OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM (http://www.goarch.org/en/Chapel/liturgical_texts/liturgy_hchc.asp)