Holy Communion, part 2 - The Approach
In the second part of this three-part series, we explore the Offertory of the Holy Communion service. This is not merely a plate passed and a pretty anthem sung. This part of the service extend all the way to the Comfortable Words, and acts as the hinge between the Service of the Word and the Service of the Sacrament.
Having had faith stirred anew in our hearts by the proclamation of God's word, we now make our approach to his Holy Table by bringing him gifts: our treasure (offering alms), our concerns (praying for the health of his church), our vulnerability (making our humble confession to Almighty God). In short, we bring ourselves, our souls and bodies, as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God by the cleansing of his Word.
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Fr. Adam Rick
A prayerbook Christian with a patristic twist.