What is Communion?

What Lutherans Believe…

Holy Communion is a Sacrament in the Lutheran Church.

As Missouri Synod Lutherans, we believe that the body and blood of Christ are truly present in and with the bread and wine when we receive the sacrament. We do not believe that the bread and wine somehow, mysteriously “changes” into something other than bread and wine, nor do we believe that the bread and wine merely “represent” Christ’s body and blood. Rather, we are bound by the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when He said, “Take, eat, this is my body;” and “Take, eat, this is my blood.” We believe and teach that when we receive the bread and wine we are truly receiving the body and blood of Christ because of His divine words. Therefore, we also believe the sacrament of Holy Communion is more than just an outward sign of His love for us. It is an assurance of the forgiveness He won for us by His death on the cross.