Holy Communion is called the Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.
In mainline protestant churches, it’s called Holy Communion, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, and Sacrament of the Altar (e.g., Lutheran, Anglican). It is regarded as a sacrament.
I was at a service in a Roman Catholic Church and saw the line of people eagerly waiting to partake in the Eucharistic sacrament. A few questions that went on in my mind were:
- Were they doing this because it was a commandment of the Lord in scripture (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 10:17; Luke 22:19-20; John 6:35-59)?
- Were they doing this because they wanted to receive the body and blood of Jesus?
- Were they doing this to receive forgiveness of sins?
- Were they doing this because they were taught to do this regularly by the church?
- Were they doing this to remember the Lord’s defeat of sin, death and evil on the cross?
- Were they doing this to nourish and strengthen their faith in Christ?
- Were they doing this to celebrate a thanksgiving for what Christ has done?
Some people report that they feel different after receiving Holy Communion. How do you feel after receiving Holy Communion? Do you feel a difference in receiving the Lord’s Supper? Has it made a difference to your faith and the way you feel about God?