Have you ever been to a sacrament meeting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? If not, really you should.
Here is what I love most about sacrament meeting…. it is a time for quiet prayer. It is a time to renew my covenants with my Heavenly Father and to rejuvenate and prepare myself for the week to come.
We read in Moroni 4 verse 1 that there is a specific manner in which the sacrament should be blessed by the elders or priests. Those that are blessing the bread, which represents the flesh of Christ are to kneel down and pray saying: “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”
What principle can you pull out of the first half of the sacrament prayer? Here’s what I’ve pulled out, and I know they are basic, but sometimes basic is best:
- elders or priests must administer the sacrament
- they must kneel in prayer while doing so
- prayer must be to the Father in the name of the Son
- when the bread is taken, those partaking need to remember the body of Christ
- those partaking should be willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ
- those partaking should always remember Christ
- those partaking should keep the commandments given them by Jesus Christ
By following those seven steps, those that partake should always have the Holy Ghost to be with them.
There the Holy Ghost is mentioned again. Four times in four chapters.
I love partaking of the sacrament and starting my week out all over again. I love closing my eyes and listening to the words be spoken. I love to think about the words of this prayer each week and I am so happy to share it here and think of these specific words another time this week.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.