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 for Lord''s Supper
From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Lord's Supper
     (1 Cor. 11:20), called also "the Lord's table" (10:21),
     "communion," "cup of blessing" (10:16), and "breaking of bread"
     (Acts 2:42).
     
       In the early Church it was called also "eucharist," or giving
     of thanks (comp. Matt. 26:27), and generally by the Latin Church
     "mass," a name derived from the formula of dismission, Ite,
     missa est, i.e., "Go, it is discharged."
     
       The account of the institution of this ordinance is given in
     Matt. 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19, 20, and 1 Cor.
     11:24-26. It is not mentioned by John.
     
       It was designed, (1.) To commemorate the death of Christ:
     "This do in remembrance of me." (2.) To signify, seal, and apply
     to believers all the benefits of the new covenant. In this
     ordinance Christ ratifies his promises to his people, and they
     on their part solemnly consecrate themselves to him and to his
     entire service. (3.) To be a badge of the Christian profession.
     (4.) To indicate and to promote the communion of believers with
     Christ. (5.) To represent the mutual communion of believers with
     each other.
     
       The elements used to represent Christ's body and blood are
     bread and wine. The kind of bread, whether leavened or
     unleavened, is not specified. Christ used unleavened bread
     simply because it was at that moment on the paschal table. Wine,
     and no other liquid, is to be used (Matt. 26:26-29). Believers
     "feed" on Christ's body and blood, (1) not with the mouth in any
     manner, but (2) by the soul alone, and (3) by faith, which is
     the mouth or hand of the soul. This they do (4) by the power of
     the Holy Ghost. This "feeding" on Christ, however, takes place
     not in the Lord's Supper alone, but whenever faith in him is
     exercised.
     
       This is a permanent ordinance in the Church of Christ, and is
     to be observed "till he come" again.
     

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