For the Love of Holy Communion

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Holy Communion

Last night I curated the small liturgical Holy Communion service I do once a month. I went through an interesting process in the lead up to it, one that I go through from time to time. You see, last night, as with most nights I do it, it was a very small group. There were three adults (not including myself) … Read More

Holy Communion and Justice

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines4 Comments

Yesterday, after speaking at The Well in Christchurch and moving everyone into a period of silence, I facilitated Holy Communion/Eucharist. I enjoy speaking and delivering sermons. It’s always a privilege to be invited to speak anywhere and it’s an important part of what I believe I’m supposed to be doing and an important part of my work with TEAR Fund, … Read More

Psalm 23: The Beauty of Repetition

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This reflection on Psalm 23 has next to nothing to do with the Psalm itself and everything to do with another thought it invokes for me. Psalm 23 would be one of the most well known and repeated Psalms I’ve known in my lifetime. It begins with those words many know so well “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall … Read More

Communion as a Political Act

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Gathering for Communion on Election Day seems fitting, for the practice of Communion is an inherently political act. It is both a pledge of allegiance to Jesus and a declaration of independence from all other powers making claims on our bodies, minds and souls. Far too often, the church has abandoned its first love for the siren song of political … Read More

Participation in the Eucharist

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None should refrain from participation in the Eucharist because of their sin… they can confess & receive right before they take. In fact, I have found that the Eucharist is the best “altar call” in any church. Whenever I lead this portion of the service, I offer an opportunity to confess one’s sins and receive Christ as one receives his … Read More

The Beauty of Holy Communion

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I run a very small, very simple liturgical service once a month – Commoners. It has a few consistent elements including prayer, personal confession, scripture reading and silence, but the central element of it is Holy Communion. In recent years I have come to the conclusion that the sacrament of Holy Communion is the central communal practice of the Christian … Read More

The Politics of the Eucharist

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Crucifix

Yesterday I had the privilege of leading a small liturgical service focused around prayer and Holy Communion/Eucharist as part of Hope for Creation. It was done in partnership with some of the Occupy Auckland movement who were kind enough to welcome us into the space they have created in Auckland’s Aotea Square – a public space. I had been looking … Read More