The word “Eucharist” comes from the Greek word meaning “thanksgiving.” This name is perhaps the most ancient name for this service, which was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ during the Last Supper, on the night before he was crucified, when he took the bread and wine, gave thanks to God, and then gave it to his disciples saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Our re-creation of this event, then, is in obedience to his command to his disciples at the Last Supper, a command universally obeyed by all Catholic and Apostolic Christians, as well as many Protestant churches on most every Sunday.
The Holy Eucharist is also known by many other names—the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy, and the Mass—all of which refer to the very same Eucharistic service.
For many Christians, especially Anglicans, the Eucharistic service is much more than just a memorial service, commanded by God, to re-create the events of the Last Supper; for they also believe, through a holy mystery, in the “Real Presence” of Christ’s body and blood in the bread and wine. For Jesus also said, “This is my body” and “This is my blood.”
The everyday clothes that are worn by a priest when he is not participating in the liturgy, often called clericals, should always be black. This is so the priest does not get caught up in the fashion statements of the day, but instead is identified with modest, conservative clothing.
The clerical collar is a symbol that represents the collars worn by slaves in ancient times. It serves to remind us that we are slaves to Christ and that we must always be obedient to him.- Fr. Craig Luesing