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The Institution of the Lord's Supper.
HAT was the original intention of the
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper? An answer to this inquiry we find in the Catechism. The first question in the Church Catechism about this Sacrament is as follows : “Why was the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper ordained ? ” The answer supplied is this : “For the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.” For a remembrance. So we read in the Communion Service :
“I purpose, through God's assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and
devoutly disposed the most comfortable Sacrainent of the Body and Blood of Christ; to be by them received in remembrance of His meritorious Cross and Passion."
“ To the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by His bloodshedding He hath obtained to us; He hath insti. tuted and ordained holy mysteries as pledges of His love, and for a continual remembrance of His death, to our great and endless comfort.”
“He did institute, and in His holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that His precious death until His coming again."
“Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee."
“ Drink this in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for thee.”
This language of the Prayer Book is founded upon the plain teaching of Holy Scripture, and is in precise harmony with it. The Lord Jesus Christ intended the Lord's Supper to be a continual remembrance to the Church