I appreciate the opportunity to remember Christ’s sacrifice for me, each week during Sacrament Meeting. There are two parts of the Sacrament: partaking of the bread, which symbolizes Christ’s body; and then partaking of the water, which symbolized Christ’s blood that was shed, which is explained in the Sacramental prayers:
“O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.” (Moroni 4: 3)
“O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.” (Moroni 5: 2)
As a side note, the second Sacrament prayer now uses water instead of wine, because enemies of the Church were trying to poison the Latter-day Saints when the Saints tried to purchase wine.
These two prayers are the most important part of attending church. Everything else that occurs is additional. These prayers are the center and the focus of our worship. The reason for this is that it is a miracle what Jesus did for us, in that He sacrificed His body, and that He bled for us. He bled for us in the Garden of Gethsemane:
“And being in in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and he sweat as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (JST Luke 22: 44)
He also bled on the cross:
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel . . .” (Colossians 1: 19-23)
This is what I previously wrote after reading Moroni 5: The Sacramental Wine