The sign above refers to what is called “holy communion”, in which Christians are given bread which they believe to be the body of Jesus. Holy communion usually takes place during the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass), during which the bread is consecrated. Holy communion is also given outside of the celebration of the Eucharist. The most common situation is when it is brought to people who are sick.
The sign above refers to the unity which exists between people who have the same Christian faith. Its origins are in the letters of St. Paul in the New Testament, where he talks about the unity which should unite all believers. The foundations of the unity are their common faith in Jesus, their sharing together in the Eucharist as they all receive the body of the one Jesus.
Let us know if your Deaf community or church use this sign. Please tell us where in Australia you are, and the name or denomination of your church.
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