Brother Godwin Ifeacho, Chairman, Executive Board, God’s Kingdom Society, GKS, Warri, Delta State.
Eating the flesh of Jesus and drinking His blood amounts to saying that the believer is committing cannibalism. To drink any kind of blood, even that of beasts, is a sin. And Christians are warned to “abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood”.
Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Isaac Nwaobia, Bishop of the Diocese of Isiala Ngwa South, Anglican Communion, Abia State.
THE Holy Communion is a very important aspect of worship in the Anglican Communion because through it, we commemorate, celebrate and remember the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.
We usually observe it during Christmas, New Year and the Easter period. It is also observed when there is a priest.
THE message of Christ in the scriptures concerning this issue is very clear. He stated that it should be done in His memory. We believe that when we receive the Holy Communion, we are receiving Christ Himself under the appearances of bread and wine. And that it is the body, soul and divinity that we thereby receive.
So, in the Catholic Church, people are prepared to go through a process of formation before they are able to receive the Holy Eucharist. It is also important that the individual is in a state of grace, which means that s/he is first of all in communion with the church and also with God. That s/he is not in any way living in a grievous sin that can separate him/her from God. So, the Holy Communion when received is a sign of unity with God and others in the church.
Mass is celebrated everyday and during this period, the Holy Eucharist is given to people, as they go forward to receive the Holy Communion, which is the body and blood of Christ. Often times, the Catholic also believes that anyone who is able to receive the body and blood of Christ has to be in communion with the church, which is to say that the one who receives the Holy Communion is not only receiving the body and blood of Christ, s/he is also expressing the belief of the church, as a body.
Secondly, that s/he accepts the Holy Father the Pope, as head of the church, accepts the sacrament and is ready to live by the teachings of the church, as regards morals and doctrines. All these form what makes a person qualified, as it were, to receive
Holy Communion either everyday or on Sundays.
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