“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11 23-26).
Every week at All Saints’ we have at least one service of Holy Communion. It is the service when we come together to remember Jesus’ death on the cross for each one of us. His death in which he took our place and died that we might be reconciled to God. The bread ,his body broken for us and the wine, his blood shed for us. For each of us as we take the bread and wine it is a deeply personal moment, a time between us and God. A time of forgiveness and restoration and joy.
This Eastertide five members of our congregation are being confirmed at the Cathedral and will take their first Communion with us on Easter morning. How wonderful! For Christ invited us to remember him in the bread and the wine, to remember his cruellest of deaths. But this, of
course, was not the end. On the third day Jesus rose from the dead. He defeated death and satan and lives for evermore. So at Eastertide we can rejoice with our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world as we say “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!”