The Eucharist (also, Communion, the Lord’s Supper, and the Breaking of Bread) is the
rite that Christians perform in fulfillment of the biblical instruction (1 Corinthians 11:24–
25) that Jesus gave to do in his memory.  It is a sacramental or memorial reenactment of
what He did at His Last Supper in giving His disciples bread, saying “This is my body,”
and the cup, saying “This is my blood.”

The word “Eucharist” comes from the Greek and means thanksgiving.  The Greek form
of this word is found in 55 verses of the New Testament.  Four of these verses recount
that Jesus “gave thanks” before presenting to His followers the bread and the cup that
He declared to be His body and His blood.  The majority of Christians classify the
Eucharist as a sacrament.  Some Protestants view it as an ordinance in which the
ceremony is seen not as a specific channel of divine grace but as an expression of faith
and of obedience to Christ.