On Thursday 19th December, we held our school Eucharist for Christmas in St. Michael’s Church which will be led by the Reverend Sheila Cameron assisted by Deacon David.
The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, the Mass, or the Lord’s Supper, can take many different forms across the Church of England, but at the heart of the celebration heart of the celebration there is always a special prayer of thanksgiving, or ‘Eucharistic Prayer’ (eucharistein means ‘to give thanks’ in Greek). This is offered by the priest who presides at the service in the name of all who are gathered, giving thanks for all that God has given us in Christ.
Bread and wine are brought to the holy table (also called ‘the altar’), the priest prays the Eucharistic Prayer, and everyone says the Lord’s Prayer together. The school community then receives the consecrated bread and wine. (In school, the children only receive the consecrated bread.)
Children who do not receive the Eucharist are invited to receive a blessing.