An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Words of Administration (of Communion)

Ministers of the sacrament say these words as the bread and wine are given to the communicants. In a Rite 2 Eucharist, the ministers may say “The Body (Blood) of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in everlasting life” or “The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven/The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation” (BCP, p. 365). In a Rite 1 Eucharist, the ministers also may use the historic words of administration derived from the 1559 Prayer Book, which identified the sacrament as the body and blood of Christ and urged the communicant to receive the sacrament “in remembrance” of Christ's sacrifice (BCP, p. 338).

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from “An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians,” Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.