"The Faith and Practice of an Episcopal Church is informed by the historic church. We reach back to the early Church reflected in Holy Scripture and the tradition as represented in councils and creeds under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Our worship is so informed. On the night before He was betrayed and handed over to suffering and death, our Lord instituted the Holy Eucharist. It is also known as the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or in the Eastern Church, as the Holy Mysteries. It is the only service of worship our Lord instituted. It is also a command: “Do this in remembrance (recall) of me.” The Church of God has been faithful to this command from the very beginning. Early Christians would often comment, “How can one live without the Eucharist?”
As elaborate as some services of the Holy Eucharist can be, it is both simple and profound. In the first part, known as “the Liturgy of the Word,” we break the Word in reading and preaching so that it may be understood and put into practice in our contemporary Christian lives. The second part takes place at the Holy Table where we break bread as He commanded. Our simple prayer is “Risen Lord, be made known to us in the breaking of the bread.” So we believe and so we receive. We receive spiritual nourishment for our pilgrimage in Christ as He promised. Indeed, how could one live without the Holy Eucharist?