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Communion Growing up in a Christian home, there were many cultural practices that my family partook of. Holidays like Easter and Christmas were celebrated like any other person would, with the exception that we held to the idea that Christmas was for the birth of Jesus and the important meaning behind it instead of some fat guy in a suit. A distinct practice amongst us Christians is Communion. Being raised as a Christian, I have participated communion since I could chew solids. To some, when going to a church, they can partake in communion about two to four times a month (depending on the church). To those observing from the outside, communion is simply reading a few bible verses, praying, and partaking in small portions of bread and wine. To the Christian culture, this ritual holds much significance to how we are. Amongst most (if not all) Christian based religions, the first communion was held by Jesus at around 33 A.D. as recorded in Matthew 26:17-30. Upon Jesus’s arrival to Jerusalem, Passover was to commence, which is a Jewish holiday. To celebrate Passover, Jesus has his disciples go to a certain man’s house and have it prepared for them. On this night, a few hours before Jesus’s death, Jesus shares a meal with them. After they were finished, Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray him. After this, Jesus takes a loaf of bread and a cup of wine and gives it to his disciples, telling them of the symbolic meaning and importance behind the bread and the wine. This event in history would be known as the Last Supper and the first ever communion. To understand communion, one must first understand who Jesus is to the Christian culture. According to the bible, Jesus, who is the Son of God, came to earth as a man for two reasons. One was to show mankind what it look like to be one that actively pursues God. The other reason was to die for the sake of all mankind in order to pay the price was biblically required to cleanse sin, which was the death. In the Christian culture, Jesus’s death is the most important period in history. It means the freedom of all who come to him.
When Jesus held communion, his stated that the bread represented his body and the wine his blood. To some, this may seem somewhat cannibalistic. On the contrary, to the Christian culture, it is a symbolic representation of him giving his life for mankind. Having communion is a way to remember his actions and to reflect what his actions meant for us. In a way, it’s a way to reaffirm our view of Jesus and what he means to us.

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“Chapter 2:The History and Theology of the Lord’s Supper.” Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. 14 Oct. 2014

Stanley, Charles. “Why Should We Take Part In Communion?” Jesus.Org. Salem Web Network. 17 Oct. 2014

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