Christianity is essentially a religion of fellowship. ...Moreover, Christianity is a sacramental religion, and the principle underlying not only the rite of Holy Communion, but prototypes of it which existed in earlier mystery-cults in the shape of sacramental meals, is that of uniting the fellow-devotees together in the bonds of brotherly love and common aspiration. This may be called the spiritual basis of such collective work.

From The Larger Meaning of Religion by J.I. Wedgwood

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