Article by: District Evangelist A. Pembe

The breaking of bread is one of four pillars of our faith (Acts 2: 42).

In the old covenant, grain was baked in a pan, broken into pieces, and anointed with oil for an offering (Leviticus 2: 5-6). Jesus Christ is compared to this anointed offering of bread because of His sufferings and sacrifice. His body and blood are offered for the salvation of human beings during the sacrament of Holy Communion (John 6: 48-51, 53-56).

Bread is the symbol of human sustenance in general (Genesis 3: 19). The breaking of bread is one of the various designations for the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, referring to the Passover meal which Jesus Christ celebrated when He instituted Holy Communion (Matthew 26: 26; Acts 27: 35). The early Christians referred to their meal of fellowship as “breaking of bread” (Acts 2: 42; 20: 7). 

The effects of breaking of bread (Holy Communion) for those who partake worthily are:

  • The guarantee of true fellowship of life with the Son of God who shares His nature with the believers.
  • Sharing the merit acquired by Jesus Christ through His sacrifice.
  • Establishing the unity of the believers, both the living and the dead, with one another (1 Corinthians 10: 16-17).
  • Holy Communion is also an essential means of preparing for the day of the Lord’s return (Matthew 26: 29).

Who is eligible to partake in Holy Communion?

  • All those who have been baptised, adopted, or sealed in the New Apostolic Church.
  • Communion for the departed is also celebrated in the New Apostolic Church.
  • Members of other denominations who are baptised with water in the triune name are invited as guests.

As it has not been possible to partake regularly in Holy Communion during this pandemic, our Chief Apostle assures us that God continues watching over us until we can celebrate Holy Communion together again.