“While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.” – Mark 14:22-24
Being able to participate in the Eucharist is a sacred event, each and every time. As we share our faith and accept the Body and Blood of Christ, we are renewed in his spirit and grow more each time in the faith. In order to understand this blessed Sacrament though, we must first understand the purpose of the Last Supper. This meal was a symbol of how God saved each and every one of us and how Jesus offered his own body and blood for our salvation. We do this in memory of Jesus and all he suffered so that we might live eternally. This signifies that Jesus is present in the meal and he continues to offer himself so that we might always be present to God.
Today, as we approach communion the Eucharistic ministers say “Body of Christ” or “Blood of Christ” as both a greeting and declaration for all that Jesus has done for us. Bowing and saying “Amen” is our affirmation of Jesus being present in both the host and in the gathered community we rejoice with, the body of Christ.