Sacrament (LDS Church)
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church, commonly called Mormons), the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, most often simply referred to as the sacrament, is the sacrament in which participants partake of bread and drink water in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is similar in some ways, but different in others to the Eucharist in the Catholic Church, or communion in the Protestant denominations. Normally in LDS congregations, the sacrament is provided every Sunday as part of the sacrament meeting.
In the LDS Church the word "ordinance" is used approximately as the word sacrament is generally used in many other denominations of Christianity. Thus, partaking of the sacrament is an ordinance in the LDS faith. To partake of the sacrament often is to be in obedience to the command of Jesus Christ and to allow members the opportunity to demonstrate their willingness to remember the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
The sacrament is offered on a weekly basis during sacrament meeting (with exceptions arising during general and stake conferences). As most males in the church age 16 years and older are able to perform the ordinance, it is common for church congregations to send men to the homes of sick or homebound members in order to administer the sacrament to them. Also, fathers of families occasionally perform the ordinance with their families during times of illness or travel, but this requires the approval of the local bishop or branch president and is not intended to replace the regular attendance of public sacrament meetings. In remote, sparsely populated areas lacking an organized church presence, the male head of household generally administers the sacrament to his family and possibly to others nearby who do not have a priesthood holder in the home.
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