Breaking of Bread:
LUK 22: 14
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
LUK 22: 15 And
he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with
you before I suffer:
LUK 22: 16 For
I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled
in the kingdom of God.
LUK 22: 17 And
he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among
LUK 22: 18 For
I say unto you , I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom
of God shall come .
LUK 22: 19 And
he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying,
This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
LUK 22: 20 Likewise
also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament
in my blood, which is shed for you.
This is one of the two sacraments
Jesus gave to his disciples for all Christians to perform - Baptism
and Communion. It originally involves people seated around the table,
breaking bread and drinking wine in prayer, in his name. And still,
devout Christians are found to do this today, and it is particularly suitable
to those who do not visit church regularly but do meet regularly for the
breaking of bread and drinking of wine during lunch or supper.
MAT 18: 20 For where two or three are gathered together in
my name, there am I in the midst of them.
But this ritual, as performed
by the church of the early days, has proved not very practical in the church
which developed. The number of people is so large that to prepare meat,
bread and wine, or even just bread and wine for all those people proofed
a laborious and time consuming task, not to mention the cost. So
the church simplified the ceremonies, giving just one piece of bread broken
between two fingers to each person, and this done by the minister/priest,
not by each person. Also on wine were savings made as now (
not so hygienic ) each person sipped from the silver cup the minister/priest
sipped from. Centuries after the Catholics invented 'Wavers'
to replace the expensive and bulky bread - for now numbers
were in the millions world-wide. One small pack of wavers would save
baskets full or bread in cost, and also much space.
Now, having this sacrament
to perform with all the Christians, in worship, love and devotion, the
church, developing with Nicolatianism, quickly conquered it from the people.
This way they could exercise even more power over the weak who cannot see
clearly, though Christ called them to his light, and not to the deceit
of the Churches. Suddenly communion was to be performed by misisters/priest,
as if it was theirs, though it is ours: fathers and mothers ought to perform
it with the children and Christian friends etc. as described in :
- Then they
that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were
added unto them about three thousand souls.
- Act 2:42 And
they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and
in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
To enter a church,
break bread, eat, and drink wine, then walk out again would be rather trivial
for the occasion, so the churches added a ceremony around this communion.
This ceremony differs from church to church and is a mixture of prayers,
readings and blessings, to then climax with the breaking of bread, also
called 'Eucharist'. This connects the participant to the communion
and invokes devotion.
Single Christians who don't
visit church should try to gather at least occasionally with others like
them to break bread, drink wine and pray. Here they should also experience
the holy spirit together as this truth is confirmed in:
(Jesus) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there
am I in the midst of them.
For non-church-going Christians
meating for the Breaking of Bread:
Christ does not demand,
and does not appreciate, lengthy prayers and ceremonies, but those in spirit
and in truth.
Bread and wine are on the
table with any meats, vegs etc. Be seated, start with some prayers you
choose, you may also use readings ( mind you not to let the food go cold).
Then brake the bread together and eat it, reciting Jesus' words, then drink
the wine (any wine, just wine), reciting his words. Then you may eat and
conclude with prayers and readings. By all means make up your own
procedure, as long as you do what he asked from you in memory of him
- break the bread and drink the wine - or use fruit juice for
those who do not drink and don't want to, as well as for the children.
Note: as Paul the Apostle
warns, beware that, if participants have eaten before they join the dinner
they do respect the purpose and do not throw their hands on the foods in
hunger whilst disregarding the preceding communion.
BOOK OF ACTS