Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Communion Invitation

"Holy Things for Holy People"

Comparing other Christian traditions: In many Eastern Rite churches, the priest invites the people to communion with the words “Holy things for holy people,” and the response is an acclamation of praise: "One Holy, one Lord, Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father." In our Episcopal Church, a prayer before communion recalls a different Gospel story: “We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table.” Then the priest says, “The Gifts of God for the People of God.” Humble awareness of our unworthiness and faith in Christ’s saving power, joy in this moment and hope for the heavenly banquet—all these themes intertwine at this holy moment.

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