The Invitation To Receive Communion

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Before the distribution of the bread and wine, the celebrant, holding up or indicating the gifts, invites the people to Communion. This moment, of course, is most effective when the people come up from their seats to receive.

The celebrant says a private prayer of preparation before receiving the Communion, as the members of the congregation also pray silently. In liturgical worship the celebrant genuflects, then, taking the bread and cup and holding it for the people to see, says,

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