On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples. … Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them.
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. … Take it; this is my body. … Take and eat. … This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. … Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. … Take this and divide it among you.” … And they all drank from it.
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
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