I don’t think it’s necessary to obliterate all of the individuality out of our worship, including in Holy Communion. Scripture is very much about both the individual as well as communal salvation. I think the need is for a sense that we are called by God to be of service, and to be a distinct people in the world.
( Re-printed from Covenant, the online blog of The Living Church: )
Over the past thirty-five years, there has been an enormous revolution in the worship patterns in Episcopal Church parishes. The Eucharist has become the central act of worship on Sundays. Cranmer’s dream, that every parish should become, at least in worship, a Religious Community, a developed monasticism, in which the Daily Offices and the Eucharist should be offered daily, seems to be well on its way to fulfillment. (Cranmer would not be well pleased by the restoration of many of the outward signs associated with ceremonial and priestly vesture.) However, one of the less salutary aspects of the martyred archbishop’s theology may still stymie what at first looks like a Catholic revival.
There seems to be an almost universal appreciation of the Real Presence, a Presence poorly defined and less obviously accompanied by reverence for the consecrated elements…
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