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Communion: Remembering Jesus' Death
How do Christians remember Jesus' death on the cross?
- Do you have special things that you remember every year?
- Perhaps you remember birthdays or Christmas?
- How do you celebrate these special things?
For Christians, one of the most important things to remember is how Jesus died on the cross to save them. The way that Christians remember this is through a special meal that they call communion or mass.
During this meal they will eat bread which is a symbol of Jesus' body and they will drink wine as a symbol of his blood that was spilled when he died on the cross.
They remember Jesus this way because at the Last Supper Jesus gave instructions to his disciples about it. In Luke 22 it reads:
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." Luke 22: 14-20.
Watch these films to see how communion is celebrated in an Anglican and Catholic church.