8.2.17 The celebration and receiving of Holy Communion

The sacrament of Holy Communion is administered by dispensing the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the consecrated wafer with the words: "The body and blood of Jesus given for you." Hence the designation "Holy Communion" is used primarily in reference to the consecrated and dispensed communion wafer (bread and wine as sacramental elements).

Since both the consecration of the communion wafer and its dispensation are part of the sacrament, the term "Holy Communion" is used, in the broader sense, as the designation for the complete act of consecration and dispensation (sacramental act).

Owing to its great importance, the congregation is called upon to celebrate Holy Communion in reverence, faith, and complete devotion to Christ.

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