The practice of communion should have the quality of a joyful feast. It is not intended to be a somber memorial but a true celebration of all that God has done, a glad gathering in the presence of the risen Christ, and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet to come.
The Lord's Supper, or communion, is one of two sacraments practiced by Presbyterians (baptism is the other). In this study, we explore the biblical and historical roots of communion, its relationship to the Jewish Passover meal, and its continued significance to contemporary Christians. We also examine how changes in sacramental practice accompanied shifts in other church practices and understandings over the last two centuries.
In addition, this study addresses some of the most common practical questions about the Lord's Supper. What are the essential elements of the Lord's Supper in Presbyterian practice? What are the options for the distribution of the bread and cup? Which is it called--Eucharist, (Holy) Communion, or the Lord's Supper, and who may receive it? Who is responsible for administering the Lord's Supper? And how often should we receive communion?