Jesus Christ instituted Holy Communion two thousand years ago. It was on the evening of His crucifixion, when He was together with His disciples for the Last Supper. Jesus broke bread and took the cup and gave it to the disciples. In view of His upcoming sacrificial death He told them, “‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins’” (Matthew 26: 26–28).
Already a short time later, the first Christian congregations gathered for the celebration of Holy Communion. And today too, in the twenty-first century, Christians come together to commemorate this first celebration of Holy Communion, and to remember the suffering of Christ and His promised return. Christians profess the death of the Lord in Holy Communion and experience the presence of Jesus Christ.