What is the Sacrament of Holy Communion?
It is the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
under the bread and wine, instituted for us Christians to eat
and to drink.
Where is this written?
The Holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the Apostle
Paul tell us: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed,
took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave
it to His disciples, and said, "Take and eat; this is My
Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
In the same manner also He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave
it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you. This Cup
is the new testament in My Blood, which is shed for you for
the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of Me."
What blessing do we receive through this eating and
That is shown us by these words: "Given and shed
for you for the forgiveness of sins." Through these words
we receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation through
this Sacrament. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there
is also life and salvation.
How can eating and drinking do such great things?
It is certainly not the eating and drinking that does
such things, but the words, "Given and shed for you for
the forgiveness of sins." These words are the main thing
in this Sacrament, along with the eating and drinking. And whoever
believes these words has what they plainly say, the forgiveness
Who, then, is truly worthy and well prepared to receive
Fasting and other outward preparations are fine outward
customs, but he is truly worthy and well prepared who believes
these words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness
of sins." But whoever does not believe these words or doubts
them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words "for you"
required nothing but hearts that believe.
Holy Communion is the Body and
Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for the repentant sinners to
eat and to drink. Those who partake of this Sacrament show
publicly that they agree with the teachings believed, taught
and confessed by the Pastor and the congregation at which
the Sacrament is distributed. St. Paul's Evangelicall-Lutheran
Church holds unreservedly to the teachings of the Evangelical-Lutheran
Confessions contained in the 1580 Book of Concord. She understands
this doctrine to be the correct interpretation of the Scriptures
and a true exposition of the holy Christian and Apostolic
Faith. Members in good standing of churches that publicly
believe, teach and confess the Evangelical-Lutheran Faith
are invited to commune at St. Paul's. If you have not publicly
confessed the Evangelical-Lutheran Faith and have yet to speak
with the Pastor of St. Paul's to inform him of this, we ask
that you please refrain from receiving the Lord's Supper at
St. Paul's until you have been instructed in and publiclly
assent to the teachings of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church.