Why Do Christians Celebrate Holy Communion?

Christians celebrate Holy Communion, also called the Eucharist, to commemorate the Last Supper that Jesus Christ shared with his disciples, according to biblical history. Christians around the world have different ways of remembering and re-enacting the Last Supper but, nevertheless, celebrate the same event. In some churches, the Holy Communion is led by a leader, who is referred to as the celebrant.

During this commemorative event, Christians may recreate the scene of Jesus’ last supper in several ways. Many Christians honor the event by eating and drinking the same meal that Jesus and his disciples reportedly consumed, which is a simple meal of bread and wine. Many Christians gather in groups around a communal table and remember Jesus by reading prayers and biblical passages and even singing hymns. Some churches also hold special services to honor the event, and these services also typically include readings and songs. Readings, which serve as remembrances of Jesus, generally occur at the beginning of the service. This serves to remind all those gathered around the table that the event is one of solemnity. After the readings, participants may drink wine, which is sometimes substituted with grape juice, and may then eat a small piece of bread slowly, remembering the selfless actions of Jesus just before his death.