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What do Christians remember during Communion?

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What are the most important events in your life? Being born is pretty important, which is why most people remember and celebrate it every year on their birthday.

For Christians, Communion (which is also known as The Lord’s Supper or Mass) is an action that helps them remember a very special event. In Communion, Christians eat bread and drink wine together – usually but not always in church – to help them remember how Jesus died on the cross. They remember this event because they believe it shows how much God loves all people.

On the day before Jesus died he had a meal with his best friends, we call this meal the Last Supper. The Bible explains what happened during the meal:

‘Jesus took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.” After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.”’ (1 Cor 11:23-25)

The Communion service is a reminder of this very special meal that Jesus had and how his body was broken and his blood was shed on the cross.

Before taking the bread and wine in the communion service Christians will think about any wrong things they may have done and say sorry to God and also to other people. It is also a time of saying thank you to God for all that he has done for them and they especially say thank you for how Jesus was willing to suffer and die on the cross.

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