Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Eucharist a.k.a Holy Communion




Each year we celebrate Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, during two All School Chapels.  During the first one Lower School students observe faculty and older students participate in this sacred meal.  In the spring, with your permission and guidance, Lower School students may participate or once again observe. We will celebrate Eucharist with bread only, no wine or juice.

Lower School Religion classes and Chapel services introduce students to
 many different religious rituals and traditions.  The celebration of Eucharist is a sacrament central to the Episcopal faith.  To prepare for these celebrations we explore stories in the Bible that have inspired this tradition.  During class, some students shared what they believe or have been taught about communion.  Others asked thoughtful, curious questions.  We clarify misconceptions, and talk through the specific choices they will have in the spring. (Observing and/or praying in the pew, coming forward for a blessing, or for communion.)

Our classes emphasize that Christians who celebrate communion do so in many different ways, and that this ritual remembering of Jesus is not a part of many Christian denominations. We review the story of the Last Supper, including the version found in the Gospel of John wherein the disciples are encouraged to remember Jesus by serving one another. We talk about the similarity of the word communion with community, and the meaning of the word Eucharist (thanksgiving). We discuss the meaning of the word “amen” which can be interpreted to mean “I believe”. Children have been encouraged to discuss the communion ritual at home with you, in the context of this question: “What does our family believe?”

The form below will be sent home in the spring:
 This will ensure that each family’s wishes are honored and help all students have a positive, prayerful experience in Chapel.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Peace, Chaplain Nan Zosel

Student’s name:                                                                    Teacher:

Please indicate how your child may participate
in our celebration of Eucharist.  Choose ONE.

My child will remain seated for this part of the Chapel.                                      
OR
My child may come forward for a blessing.                                                           
Or
My child may come forward to partake of the bread.                                         


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