Holy Communion

Holy Communion

The Moravian Church practices open communion.  That means Christians of any denomination are welcome to share in the bread and the cup of the sacrament.  We come to the Lord's Table because we are hungry and needy, not perfect and worthy.  Children may also partake, provided they have a conference with the pastor to talk about the deep spiritual significance of the meal; or if you are a visitor, if your child partakes in your church.

The form in which Holy Communion is served in the Moravian Church differs from that of other churches, for it is based upon practices that began in our church in the 15th century.  What follows is an explanation which will help you, especially if you are a visitor, understand and gain from the service of Holy Communion.

 The bread and then the cup will be brought to you by a pastor symbolically reminding us of God taking the initiative, through Jesus Christ, to come to each of us where we are.  If you desire to partake of communion, please stand with the others in your group of pews when the pastor approaches.  (Simply remain seated if you choose not to partake.)

When you and everyone in your group of pews has been served, please be seated and wait, holding the bread or cup, until the whole church has been served.  Singing the hymns that have been carefully selected to convey a message for this celebration of communion will greatly deepen your experience of God's presence in this service.  Then, the pastor will ask everyone to stand and partake together; then be seated for a personal silent prayer.  This process takes place first for the bread, and then for the cup.