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Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, Eucharist, Mass - it almost sounds like a child's rhyme. And the first thing to be said is: the name doesn't matter. There was a time when huge theological, cultural, and political battles on how you interpreted what was said and done at the bread-breaking service.

First, we break bread and drink wine together, telling the story of Jesus and his death, because Jesus knew that this set of actions would explain the meaning of his death in a way that nothing else could ever do.

Second, it isn't a piece of sympathetic magic, as suspicious Protestants have often worried it might be.

Third, it is not a mere occasion for remembering something that happened a long time ago, as suspicious Catholics sometimes suppose Protestants believe. 

When we break the bread and drink the wine, we find ourselves joining the disciples in the upper room. Past and present come together. Events from long ago are fused with the meal we are sharing here and now.

N.T. Wright, Simply Christian