Breaking Bread

Q. Could you please explain to me the simplicity of “Breaking of Bread” of the early church compare to the diversity of modern denominations? Of what I understand, it is a get together on the first day of the week, Saturday evening or Sunday morning. How did the first church actually kept Jesus’ commandment? Did Jesus command us to make this remembrance a ceremony or simply sharing our faith in a pot luck about Christianity?

A. According to 1 Cor. 11:20-21, the early church ate together when they met. At the end of the meal they celebrated communion.

The Jews give thanks after the meal rather than before, and break a loaf or slice of bread while reciting the blessing. It was during this breaking of the bread after the Last Supper that Jesus instituted the communion memorial. In most churches the meal has long since been omitted, and only the memorial ceremony of the bread and cup that He commanded us to keep remains.

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