At a time when Christians celebrate Christmas as a commemoration for the birth of Christ, many have, however, wondered on one Christian rite which is almost as old as Christianity itself, revered but observed differently by almost every Christian denomination across the world.

The ZBC News crew attended a mass today at the Anglican Cathedral to observe this sacred sacrament called the Holy Communion which is at the centre of the Christian faith.

Some Christian denominations refer to it as the Holy Communion, others call it the Holy Mass or the Eucharist.

It is a Christian rite that is considered as a sacrament in most churches and as an ordinance in others viewing it not as a specific channel of divine grace but as an expression of faith and obedience to Christ.

The rite was instituted by Jesus Christ during the last supper giving his disciples bread and wine during the Passover feast.

Some church denominations take the Holy Communion on specific days or months while to others it is a weekly ritual.

According to Father Simbarashe Mutandwa of the Anglican Church, the Holy Mass is a form of worship based on faith.

There has been many debates on who should take the Holy Communion with some churches only giving the Holy Communion to their church members, but Reverend Dr Constantine Murefu of the Apostolic Faith Mission said everyone who is a believer is eligible to partake the Holy Communion.

Other faiths have likened this eating of the flesh of Jesus and drinking his blood to cannibalism.

In spite of differences among Christians about various aspects of the Holy Communion, Christians generally recognise a special presence of Christ in this rite, through the Eucharistic celebration Christians remember both Christ’s  sacrifice of himself on the cross and his commission of the apostles at the last supper.