Holy Eucharist – Sacrament and Worship Service

Holy Eucharist is the principal worship service at St. George’s and throughout the Episcopal Church. You might recognize this service by a different name: the Mass, Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Divine Liturgy.

The term Holy Eucharist refers to both a sacrament and the worship service surrounding it. In the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, the priest blesses bread and wine—representing Christ’s body and blood—and shares it with the congregation. This shared sacrament connects Christ’s ultimate sacrifice to our daily participation with him and with other Christians in new life.

The worship service we call Holy Eucharist goes back to the first century, when the early Christians combined the Jewish religious practice of holy readings and prayers with the sacrament of the Eucharist. By the end of the Roman persecutions, the Eucharistic worship service had become the standard for Christian worship.

Fast forward over 1000 years to the Protestant Reformation. Every aspect of Christianity was scrutinized and judged. Some of the new Protestant denominations rejected almost everything associated with “Roman” Christianity, including the Eucharistic service itself. Today, some denominations do not offer a Eucharistic service. Others see it as a worship option, while still others employ it only for special occasions.

At St. George’s—and throughout the Episcopal Church—the Eucharist is not optional. It’s core to our Christian tradition, tying us back each week to the Last Supper, to Christ’s personal sacrifice, to Christ’s resurrection, and to 2000 years of Christian religious practice. This might seem like a style choice for us, but this ancient service and “these holy mysteries” are central to our lives as modern, practicing Christians. For us, like other Christian traditions, Christ is truly present to us in the Eucharist.

We welcome you to participate with us in this ancient and holy tradition.