The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, established the Sacrament of Holy Communion as He shared His Last Supper with His disciples on the night of His betrayal. This Last Supper was their Passover meal as they commemorated death's passing over God's chosen people while they were still enslaved in Egypt. In obedience to divine instruction, the Hebrew people had marked their doorposts with the blood of a sacrificial lamb. Death passed over any house so marked. Moses then led the people to freedom.

As we institute the Sacrament in remembrance of Him as He instructed, we proclaim, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Jesus Christ, the Incarnation of God, functions as the sacrificial lamb - the Passover lamb - the lamb of God that fully and perfectly - and once and for all - takest away the sins of the world. In His sacrifice, God delivers those who believe from enslavement to both sin and death. In His broken body, we are made whole. In His shed blood, we are made holy.

The Sacrament is more than a sign or a symbol - although it is most certainly a sign that identifies Jesus Christ as the saving sacrifice and as a symbol of the efficacy of His sacrifice. The Sacrament also has a miraculous quality that our Lord is spiritually present to us and for us in, on, over, under, around and through the elements of bread and of wine.

Holy Communion is the Sacrament of Eternal Life. Jesus said, he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. At Trinity Church, this most perfect vehicle for the saving grace of God is available to all baptized Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ and seek the grace of His presence.