A Real Symbol
We believe that the Holy Eucharist is both real AND a symbol. Of course we believe that Jesus Christ – God’s own Son – is really and truly present in the consecrated bread and wine. But this is also a symbol, pointing beyond our earthly experience towards a union with Christ that is impossible to explain this side of heaven. All sacraments are outward signs of an invisible grace, the working of God in our lives. This real symbol is an effective sign. This holy meal is truly a Communion with God.