Holy Communion

The liturgical service which is a memorial of the institution of the Lord’s supper by the Lord Jesus Christ on the night of His betrayal.   Indeed, its alternative name is the Lord’s supper.   At present, full participation in it is restricted to those who are confirmed members of the Church of England or who, being baptised in the Name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, are communicant members of denominations with which the Church of England is in full communion.   The Book of Common Prayer requires communicant members to attend at least three times a year, one of these attendances being at Easter.   Debate continues about the admission to this service of unconfirmed children who have been baptised, on the grounds that baptism is the only rite of admission into membership of the church that is laid down in the Scriptures.    

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