The Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, goes by many names in the Christian Community: the Lord’s Supper, the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, the Holy Mysteries, the Holy Sacrifice, Holy Communion. Jesus instituted the Eucharist on the night before he died for us and told his followers to “do this in re-membrance of me.” The Eucharist is the outward and visible sign of our redemption by the sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. Unlike many Christian groups, Episcopalians do not attempt to say how Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament, we simply say that He is physically present and that it is a mystery. This is called the "Doctrine of the Real Presence".

St. Paul's welcomes all baptized Christians to receive the Blessed Sacrament at its altars, if they desire the Body and Blood of Christ. If you wish to come to the altar rail to receive a blessing from the priest (without receiving Communion), cross your arms over your chest and the priest will bless you. You may receive a priest’s blessing whether you are a baptized Christian or not.

We want everyone to feel welcome and able to worship the Lord with us at St. Paul's Church, especially when we celebrate the Eucharist. We are a House of Prayer for all people.