“For I have received from the Lord that which also I have handed on to you. That the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread and, when he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘Take, eat: this is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me” I Cor. 11.23-24)
Eucharist means ‘Thanksgiving’. The Eucharist is also called Holy Communion. Together with Baptism it is one of the two universal ‘sacraments’ of authentic Christian churches. It is easier perhaps to use the original Greek term ‘mystery’ instead of the word sacrament. Baptism and the Eucharist are both spiritual mysteries and need to be understood and approached as such. Both were instituted and commanded by the Lord Jesus himself to his followers. The Eucharist recalls Jesus’ last meal with his disciples but, more than that, it unites us directly with him in one mystical body. In the Eucharist the bread and wine of daily life are offered up to become food of an altogether higher nature: the sacred body and precious blood of Christ himself.
All baptised Christians may partake of the body and blood of our Lord. If you are baptised but have yet to receive communion you should talk to one of the clergy and consider a form of preparation (or what is known as confirmation) in order to partake of this holy mystery.