Every first Sunday in October, Christian denominations around the world take part in an ecumenical celebration known as World Communion Sunday.
The special day, which focuses on Christian unity, has its origins in the early 20th century via celebrations held by churches in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
“With World War II came a greater understanding of one’s own mortality, and the spirit of that day took hold. This day symbolized the effort to bring the world together, in a spiritual sense,” according to National Today.
“This celebration was adopted in the United States, during the period of World War II, and soon the organization, now known as the National Council of Churches, began to endorse and promote the event among churches around the world, led by their leader, Jesse Moren Bader.”
Churches observing the occasion will welcome the sacrament of Holy Communion, which serves as a remembrance of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples before he was crucified.
In honor of this year’s World Communion Sunday observance, here is a list of seven hymns and spiritual songs that are often sung when taking the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
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