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Remember Christ's sacrifice in more holy way

In Jerusalem at the season of Passover, the Savior met with His apostles in an upper room. Elder Jeffrey D. Holland said of that occasion:

"As a final and specially prepared Passover supper was ending, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to His Apostles, saying, 'Take, eat.' (Matt. 26:26.) 'This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.' (Luke 22:19.) In a similar manner He took the cup of wine, traditionally diluted with water, said a blessing of thanks for it, and passed it to those gathered about Him, saying, 'This cup is the new testament in my blood,' 'which is shed . . . for the remission of sins.' 'This do in remembrance of me.' 'For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.' " (Luke 22:20; Matt. 26:28; Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:26.)Elder Holland said: "Since that upper room experience on the eve of Gethsemane and Golgotha, children of the promise have been under covenant to remember Christ's sacrifice in this newer, higher, more holy and personal way.

"With a crust of bread, always broken, blessed, and offered first, we remember His bruised body and broken heart, His physical suffering on the cross . . . .

"With a small cup of water we remember the shedding of Christ's blood and the depth of His spiritual suffering, anguish which began in the Garden of Gethsemane. . . .

"The Savior's spiritual suffering and the shedding of His innocent blood, so lovingly and freely given, paid the debt for what the scriptures call the 'original guilt' of Adam's transgression.' (Moses 6:54.) Furthermore, Christ suffered for the sins and sorrows and pains of all the rest of the human family, providing remission for all of our sins as well, upon conditions of obedience to the principles and ordinances of the gospel He taught. (See 2 Ne. 9:21-23.) As the Apostle Paul wrote, we were 'bought with a price.' (1 Cor. 6:20.) What an expensive price and what a merciful purchase!

"That is why every ordinance of the gospel focuses in one way or another on the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and surely that is why this particular ordinance with all its symbolism and imagery comes to us more readily and more repeatedly than any other in our life. It comes in what has been called 'the most sacred, the most holy, of all the meetings of the Church.' (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:340.)

"Perhaps we do not always attach that kind of meaning to our weekly sacramental service. How "sacred" and how "holy" is it? Do we see it as our passover, remembrance of our safety and deliverance and redemption?

"With so very much at stake, this ordinance commemorating our escape from the angel of darkness should be taken more seriously than it sometimes is. It should be a powerful, reverent, reflective moment. It should encourage spiritual feelings and impressions. As such it should not be rushed. It is not something to 'get over' so that the real purpose of a sacrament meeting can be pursued. This is the real purpose of the meeting. And everything that is said or sung or prayed in those services should be consistent with the grandeur of this sacred ordinance."