Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, is the part of our worship service when the priest tells the story of Jesus’ last meal, blesses the bread and wine, and then shares it with the congregation.

What does the Eucharist mean? The Eucharist has many meanings. It reminds us that we are united with Jesus Christ in his death and his rising again to new life. It foreshadows the great banquet for all creation that God promises we’ll share at the end of time. There are other meanings, too – and a lot of mystery. Fortunately, God’s grace can work in us, even if we don’t understand. That’s why, in our tradition, young children are welcome to receive Communion.

Who can receive the bread and wine of the Eucharist?  Any baptized person who feels drawn to the table is welcome. If you’re not sure, you can try it out – or wait, pray about it and talk with Miranda first.  You are welcome to be part of our church without receiving Communion, if that feels best right now.

How do I receive communion?

Starting at the front of the church, people go forward from their seats to the communion rail. When the people nearby go forward, just follow others up to the front of the church. Kneel or stand at the railing.

If you cannot walk easily, but wish to receive Communion, notify an usher/greeter and the priest and Eucharistic minister will come to you.

When the priest approaches you, put your hands out in front of you, palms up, to receive the bread. You may eat the bread then, or hold it until the Eucharistic minister brings the cup of wine, then dip the bread in the wine and eat it. To sip the wine, simply help the Eucharistic minister guide the cup to your lips and take a small sip. If you would like to come to the railing and receive a blessing, you can cross your arms on your chest instead of holding your hands out for bread.

If you don’t wish to receive Communion, but would like a blessing from the priest, come to the railing and cross your arms on your chest.

If you need a gluten-free wafer, please say “Gluten free” to the priest when she or he approaches to give you the bread.


6205 University Ave., Madison WI

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church