They were following the command of Jesus, later described by Paul. When He had given thanks, He broke [the bread] and said, “Take and eat. This is My body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner, He took the cup after He had supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:24-26).
Likely, the parishioners in attendance at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs were meditating on this passage as they received Communion—Mass, as described in the press conference. It was 11:30 a.m. local time, and most reports indicate the service had not yet progressed to the preaching. Instead, the church was relishing in worship when Devin Kelley entered and opened a barrage on the small congregation. MORE