Over the years many have asked me to explain what exactly happens at Holy Communion because we have heard of so many varied explanations from diverse church backgrounds. Here I explain in a simplified article taken from a fuller main research available elsewhere from a multi-dimensional perspective where I believe it is a new state of consciousness caused by the living elements in of Holy Communion functioning in a separate dimension among the ten dimensions currently seen in string theory research.
I personally know of many who have got completely healed of their serious sicknesses such as cancer because of regular intake of Holy Communion. Not to forget the large number of Saints who lived long years only taking communion as their food. These could not have resulted if it were simply a symbolic ritual.
The origin of Holy Communion is traced to the Last Supper at which Christ instructed His disciples to offer bread and wine in His memory. The Holy Communion is the most distinctive event of Orthodox worship because in it the Church gathers to remember and celebrate the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ and, thereby, to participate in the mystery of Salvation.
Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine that is offered is the actual body and blood of Christ and take greater trouble to explain John 6:54 where the word eating- Greek trogon- is used to show a deeper eating, gnawing as in meat. They believe that although the bread and wine physically remain the same, it is transformed beyond human comprehension into the body, blood soul and divinity of Jesus. This realist approach is called Transubstantiation.
Protestants believe that Jesus made his sacrifice on the cross and simply follow the tradition of the sacrament in memory of the event, recalling its symbolic importance in the life of Jesus.
Anglican Holy Communion tradition has varied considerably over the past centuries indicating a multiform tradition centering around the philosophical traditions of realism and nominalism.