What do Lutherans believe about Holy Communion?

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What do Lutherans believe about Holy Communion?

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In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther said The sacrament of Holy Communion is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given with bread and wine. Holy Communion is instituted by Christ himself for us to eat and drink. Its for this reason, Lutherans consider Holy Communion to be a sacrament. Luther drew his ideas about Holy Communion from the bible. All four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give an account of the meal Jesus and his disciples ate the night before he was crucified. During the meal, Matthews Gospel tells us that while they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

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