Eucharist (from the Greek εὐχαριστία, or eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving or giving thanks) is a holy mystery that is celebrated during the Divine Liturgy within the Church where the consecrated bread and wine, through the power of the Holy Spirit becomes the Precious Blood and Body of Jesus Christ, that is consumed by prepared Christians. Other names for the Eucharist include: the Holy Gifts, Communion, and the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Real Presence of God (not merely a sign) is present after the consecration of the Gifts. Roman Catholics and some protestants also hold this view.
Referring to the Body of Christ, St. Augustine admonished, "Become what you receive." When we gather for the eucharistic liturgy (commonly called "Mass"), we are strengthened by God's Word and the sacrament of Eucharist. This mystery is also a visible sign of our unity—saints and sinners that we are—with Christ.
Though most frequently celebrated on Sunday mornings, the eucharistic liturgy can be celebrated by a bishop or priest at any time, anywhere, and for any intention. Anyone can be admitted to the sacrament of the Eucharist, and no one is to be barred in this respect.
At Ekklēsía Iwigá, we host a communal celebration every two months for those who would like to receive the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time (i.e., for those who would like to receive their "First Communion"). We are also happy to arrange private celebrations of the sacrament at a time and place most convenient for you and your family. To register for a First Communion, please contact our office or speak to a priest.