A Sacrament is a celebration of the Church that brings us closer to Christ and God.
During the Eucharist ceremony, we receive the host as the Body of Christ.
- Once the circular piece of bread (called the host) is consecrated or blessed by the priest, the host becomes the Body of Christ. The purpose of this belief and practice is to unite us physically, mentally and spiritually with Christ.
- In receiving the host, we are also united with other members of the Church and the Church is strengthened.
During the ceremony, the Eucharistic prayer is spoken:
On the same night that he was betrayed,
the Lord Jesus took some bread,
and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said,
“This is my body, which is for you;
do this as a memorial of me.”
In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me”
(1 Cor. 11:23-25)
During the ceremony, the words of consecration are spoken:
FOR THE BREAD
Take this, all of you,
and eat it:
this is my body which will be given up for you.
FOR THE WINE
Take this all of you,
and drink from it:
this is the cup of my blood,
the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.
It will be shed for you and for all men so that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of me.
WHAT TO WEAR
For everyone: no flowers, no gloves or purses, no arm bows needed, no jewelry
- White dress
- Covering for head, typically a veil
- White socks/tights/nylons
- White dress shoes
- No gloves, arm bows
- No jewelry, purses
- Suit of any color, or
- Jacket with dress pants
- Dress shirt with tie/bow tie
- Dress shoes