Holy Communion, part 3 - The Embrace
In this third and final part of our series on the service of Holy Communion, we look at the Service of the Sacrament itself, beginning with the Sursum Corda ("hearts lifted"), the Prayer of Consecration and its various bits (especially the Words of Institution, the Epiclesis, and the Great Amen), and the actual administration of Communion to the people. We conclude by looking at the various concluding devotions of the rite.
In this lesson we will explore especially what you might call the Anglican devotional theology of the sacrament. We will not get into the weeds on the various doctrinal subtleties of the sacrament about which Christians disagree, except insofar as our rite intends that the focus of devotion should be less on what happens to the bread (not an unimportant question, but not the most important), and more on obedience to our Lord's express command "take and eat." We explore briefly what he means to offer us in this mystical feeding: union with himself.
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Fr. Adam Rick
A prayerbook Christian with a patristic twist.