A Word from Our Rector

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

Holy Communion: Brought to Your Door

Jesus is truly and fully present in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Every time we share communion, Jesus is present to those who physically receive the consecrated elements and also to those who receive only spiritually.

Increasingly in the past few weeks, I have heard from those who have not been able to physically receive. As the pandemic continues to rage around us, it is wise not to gather in large groups, especially for those with certain health conditions, and those who care for others with health conditions that might put them in peril. Still, there is a longing for physical communion.

When I became rector of Trinity Church, Moundsville, WV, I was also made chaplain to the local hospital. Reynolds Memorial was founded by the Episcopal Church. Every Wednesday evening every patient in the hospital was asked if they would like a visit and/or Holy Communion. I offered nearly 3,000 private communions in my two and a half years. It was sometimes devout, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes in the last day of the communicant’s life.

The service of Communion under Special Circumstances is in the BCP, (page 396) though you may never have noticed it. It always includes a reading from one of the Gospels and a Collect. This is followed by the Lord’s Prayer and the invitation to receive. In pre-COVID days, I would also offer anointing and the laying on of hands, but these days a simple prayer for healing and a blessing follows. The whole service takes about 15 minutes.

Now that things have settled a bit, I am prepared to bring Holy Communion to you. I can sit outside by the front or back door, or any open space that makes you comfortable. There is no physical contact involved. Along with the Sacrament, I bring my own hand sanitizer and wear a mask.

We’ll need to schedule visits in advance. I can offer: Monday between 2-4; Tuesday between 10-Noon; Wednesday between 2-4 or Thursday between 10-Noon. I can also do Saturday mornings if weekdays are not possible. Call Brenda at the Church Office 410-643-5921 to set up a time and let me know how many people will be there.

Let me know if you would like Holy Communion, or just a visit. I’m ready to do my part “with a glad and generous heart”.

Peace,

Mark +

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.