April 7, 2020
Message from Fr. Brendan
Dear Friends in Christ,
It is so disappointing that we will not be able to gather in-person for the Eucharist, particularly during Holy Week. But, earlier this week, I was reminded of the Anglican concept of “Spiritual Communion.”
Ruth Meyers, who is one of the leading liturgist in the Church and my former professor, published an article on the CDSP website this week, https://cdsp.edu/2020/04/spiritual-communion-in-a-season-of-social-distancing/, describing “spiritual communion” in a season of social distancing. As she points out, the Prayer Book makes provisions for communion when someone, typically someone very ill, is unable to physically receive communion. There is also a similar provision in the Prayer Book for the Armed Services.
So, I have added the prayer from the Prayer Book for the Armed Services to our upcoming Eucharist services; so that everyone joining our services can join in spiritual communion. While this may not feel the same as the host and the wine, Jesus is, in fact, with us. During these challenging times, it is particularly important that we acknowledge the different ways in which we can receive the sacrament and live in God’s love.