Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, and other names) is a rite considered by most Christian churches to be a sacrament. According to some New Testament books, it was instituted by Jesus Christ during his Last Supper. The Catholic Church teaches that once consecrated in the Eucharist, the elements cease to be bread and wine and actually become the body and blood of Christ[1].

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  • Voltimand Faldstool held the consecutive Communions record at his church (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 22).
    • "Catholics are urged to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion frequently, and many people considered it an honor to be a daily communicant. In the past this meant going without eating or drinking until after the Mass at which you received the sacrament. There's nothing awful about this pious habit but some people got so fixated on it that they would get up and go out to Mass, fasting, even when they were sick, a degree of obsession that others noted was not in any good sense religious. John's reference is a neat skewering of this mindset and one of my favorite pieces in this chapter.[2]"
  • Mrs. Modine Clapp says her mother uses her cane to hook around the Adam's apple of an "old rep who married out of the church" when the man goes up for Communion at Saint Frognall and Companions Church (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 47).


  1. Wikipedia: Eucharist
  2. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.

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