Communion or Holy Eucharist is the primary liturgical worship of the Episcopal Church. It is usually celebrated at all Sunday services, and at baptisms, weddings and funerals. The term “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” The community gathers to hear the Word of God in Scripture and to receive the presence of Christ, in the form of consecrated bread and wine. A priest, or the bishop officiates, assisted by other clergy and lay persons.
All baptized persons are invited to receive Communion, including young children, if their parents choose. Communion is offered to all in both bread and wine, although you may receive only one or the other if you wish. Gluten-free wafers are available; please ask if you need them. If you do not want to receive Communion at all, you may come to the altar to receive a blessing from the priest. Just place your arms across your chest in the form of an “X” or cross to indicate that you would like to receive a blessing.