Holy Communion Services And The Black Church.

Today is my church first Holy Communion Services for the year...My church family usual observe this precious time once a month...I am thinking about the songs we use to sing during the services many years ago:
(1) I know it was His blood
( 2) When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
(3) At Calvary
(4) The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
(5) Behold the Lamb
I finding out even today that most African American churches still sing these old songs...Which are call “blood songs.” These songs, even old, still allows the congregation as a whole to focus on the magnitude of the death of Christ....And at the same time they are reminding us that our ancestors spilled their own blood in their effort for freedom....I believe this is one of the reason I hold Communion Services in such high honors...As African American its like we are lock step with a Savior who was oppressed in his quest to gain humanity’s freedom....Jesus is indeed our High Priest who shares our sorrow and knows our grief. Question: Do your church have a communion services? If so, how often? Which hymns are songs during services?



  1. PTL I attend Bethel Way of the Cross Church of Christ located in Huntingtown MD and Yes we have holy communion services, We have them every other first Sunday immediately after morning service. We use to have them every first Sunday in the morning or evening but it got changed to the every other first Sunday during the morning only. We also usually have Holy Communion after our New Year's Eve Service before we go into the new year. During our Holy Communion Service in the beginning we have our praise team on the choir stand singing a song called Communion Sweet Communion by Carlton Pearson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW5_tATHW-M or sometimes Here I Am To Worship or I'll Just Say Yes but after the Elders & Ministers pray over the bread (body) and grape juice (blood) they serve us while the praise team is singing ":At The Cross Where I First Saw The Light". After we eat and drink the communion the 2 missionaries cover the table back up while the praise team is singing "I know it was the Blood". Then we have our benediction and go home!


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