The Sacrament of the Altar

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” [Mt 26:26–28 , Mk 14:22–24 , Lk 22:19–20 , 1 Cor 11:23–25]

  • Is given for baptized and instructed Christians (1 Cor 11:23, 27–29)
  • The bread and wine are not symbols and not just bread and wine
  • The Words of Jesus are not interpreted
  • In the Sacrament, Jesus gives us His body and His blood to eat and drink by means of the consecrated bread and wine, as Jesus said
  • The Sacrament gives us the forgiveness of sins, as Jesus said
  • Receiving the Sacrament is an outward display of our confession of a common doctrine and therefore is not given to members of or received at churches that teach differently than we do (1 Cor 10:16–17 , 1 Cor 11:26)
If you want more information on the Sacrament of the Altar and its meaning,
check out the Small Catechism.