What is the Eucharist?

By Episcopal Facts
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About the Eucharist

On Sunday and Wednesday mornings, we share in the Eucharist: a service in two parts.

  1. The first part is called the Word of God. It includes the entrance rite, the lessons and gradual psalm, the gospel, the sermon, the Nicene Creed, the prayers of the people, the confession of sin and absolution, and the peace.
  2. The second part is called the Holy Communion. It includes the offertory, the consecration of the bread and wine in the Great Thanksgiving, the communion of the people, and the concluding prayers of thanksgiving and dismissal. Sometimes there’s a blessing before the dismissal, too.
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