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COMMUNION
[ Also see Religion Sacrament ]

All Christian power springs from communion with God and from the indwelling of divine grace.
      - James H. Aughey

Ye do well to remember that habitual affectionate communion with God, asking Him for all good which is needed, praising Him for all that is received, and trusting Him for future supplies, prevents anxious cares, inspires peace, calmness and composure, and furnishes a delight surpassing all finite comprehension.
      - James H. Aughey

I agree with you that the communion with the invisible saints must be more of a dream than a reality. But we have a right to dream dreams, if they are not contradicted by the evident laws of God's word, or God's world.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

If a friend is the one who summons us to our best, then is not Jesus Christ our best friend, and should we not think of the Communion as one of His chief appeals to us to be our best? The Lord's Supper looks not back to our past with a critical eye, but to our future, with a hopeful one. The Master appeals from what we have been to what we may be. He bids us come, not because we are better than we have been, but because He wants us to be. To stay away because our hearts are cold is to refuse to go to the fire till we are warm.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

If we show the Lord's death at Communion, we must show the Lord's life in the world. If it is a Eucharist on Sunday, it must prove on Monday that it was also a Sacrament.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XI, v. 23-24)

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
      - Book of Common Prayer

Bread of Heaven, On Thee I feed,
  For Thy flesh is meat indeed;
    Ever may my soul be fed
      With this true and living bread;
        Day by day with strength supplied,
          Through the life of Him who dyed.
            Vine of Heaven, Thy blood supplies
              This blest cup of sacrifice;
                'Tis Thy wounds my healing give;
                  To Thy cross I look and live.
                    Thou my Life, O let me be
                      Rooted, grafted, built on Thee.
      - Josiah Conder

It is a love feast, emphasizing Christ's love for us, and ours to Him and to one another. Sin parts men, but in Christ we have brotherhood. We are to love the world, but in a different way our Christian brothers. "This is My commandment, That ye love one another."
  It is a pledge of glory, a foretaste of the marriage supper of the Lamb. The glory is in heaven, and we must wait for it, but we are heirs of it.
      - Howard Crosby

The Lord's Supper has been greatly instrumental in keeping His cause alive. It is the voice of all believers preaching the Lord's death till He come. He who believes that the Lord did come and die for us, and will come again and take us to Himself, and will not hesitate to regard this last request of our Lord and Saviour.
      - Charles Force Deems

The Lord's Supper comes to us like a ring plucked off from Christ's finger, or a bracelet from His arm; or rather like His picture from His breast, delivered to us with such words as these, "As oft as you look on this, remember me."
      - Rev. John Flavel (2)

Let us remember that the Lord's Supper is an ordinance given to the friends of Jesus Christ who have entered upon the saved life, and intended to help them realize their privileges. The Lord's Supper takes the most terrible facts of history and experience, and groups them with the grandest of realities in such a way that our souls break forth into hallelujahs.
      - David Gregg

We want to look at the Lord's Supper as an ordinance of thanksgiving, that we may have greater desire and pleasure and profit in its celebration. God unfolds to us the different attributes of this beautiful ordinance, that we may be attracted to it. He means every attribute to be a persuasive argument enforcing obedience to the command: "This do in remembrance of me."
      - David Gregg

The Lord's Supper is the central act of Christian worship. It is a prophecy, pledge, and prelude to that "supper table of the Lamb," when we shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of our Father.
      - Gerard Benjamin Fleet Hallock

Bread of the world, in mercy broken,
  Wine of the soul, in mercy shed,
    By whom the words of life were spoken,
      And in whose death our sins are dead:
        Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
          Look on the tears by sinners shed;
            And be Thy feast to us the token
              That by Thy grace our souls are fed.
      - Reginald Heber

Thus may we abide in union;
  With each other and the Lord,
    And possess in sweet communion
      Joys which earth cannot afford.
      - John Newton (1)

He walks in the Presence of God that converses with Him in frequent prayer and communion; that runs to Him with all his necessities, that asks counsel of Him in all his doubtings, that opens all his wants to Him; weeps before Him for all his sins; and that asks remedy and support for all his weaknesses, that fears Him as a Judge, reverences Him as a Lord, and obeys Him as a Father.
      - Unknown

It is certainly not desirable that improper persons should take the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; but there are many who injure their spiritual characters and diminish their spiritual enjoyment by failing to obey the request of our dying Lord. About to die, He tenderly asked every man who believed that He was dying for the world to do this in remembrance of Him. It is a most simple request; the observance of it in a similar spirit would increase the joy and power of all who wish well the cause of Christianity.
      - Unknown

Let us come, then, hungering and thirsting for the body and blood of the Lord. He will be present to satisfy the spiritual desires of which He is Himself the author. It would be no feast without Himself. Mere common bread, mere common wine, mere meeting with one another, would this sacrament be unless Jesus Himself were here. "He must break the bread, if it is to nourish my soul. He must pour out the wine, if it is to refresh and gladden me." And we doubt not that He will do this. We come in obedience to His command, and we rely upon His promise. We will seek to commune under their influence, and then we will go away from the table joyfully and exultingly declaring: "As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my Beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight and his fruit was sweet to my taste."
      - Unknown


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