The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word meaning “thanksgiving.” It is a worship service based upon Jesus’ Passover supper with the apostles before his trial and execution. At this traditional Jewish feast Christ consecrated bread and wine and asked the apostles to repeat these acts “in memory of me.” The Eucharist has been celebrated in Christian churches for two thousand years.
The Eucharist is also called Holy Communion, Mass, and the Lord’s Supper. It is divided into two main parts: the Liturgy of the Word, during which portions of the Bible are read and a sermon is preached; and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, during which the bread and wine are consecrated and shared.
The Anglican Church of Canada welcomes all Baptized Christians of any denomination to receive communion (Bread and Wine). A person does not have to be confirmed to receive Holy Communion. Please make the priest aware if you have gluten intolerance.
Children attending Trinity, with the permission of their parents, may receive communion as soon as they have been baptised. A program, “Life in the Eucharist,” is offered to school age children to help them understand the hows and whys of the sacraments. (From Anglican Young People’s Dictionary, 2004).