The Weekend Word

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  1. Eric says:

    At this time I feel for Christians in sacramental traditions. We protestants are sharing in songs, sermons and prayer without having to leave the house, many churches going online today for the first time, but in traditions where the Eucharist is central to worship, they will be missing out.

    Last week my parents’ church (baptist) would normally have had communion but didn’t. As restrictions have ramped up, this week they were broadcasting live. So this church had communion, led by the pastor on the screen, with many members in their own homes partaking with their own bread and juice (or wine, which they wouldn’t be able to drink at that church!).

    I’m wondering, would the rules in your tradition allow for a priest to bless bread and wine that is not in the same place as the priest? I guess this isn’t entirely new, there have been radio & TV broadcasts of church for a long time, and people unable to attend church, but usually they worked around this in other ways.

  2. Eric says:

    This morning (it’s Sunday for me here) I’ve watched parts of four different churches online, partly to see how friends of mine in ministry are adapting to the challenges of the moment and seeking to lead their churches well. It occurred to me that there may be many online funerals this year. I wonder how they will feel.

    Weddings as well. I didn’t go to a wedding yesterday that two weeks ago I was planning to attend. Maybe they’ll be postponed, but funerals and care of the bereaved (including those ill or at least exposed) are going to be tricky.

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    Those of us in sacramental traditions are sharing in Morning and Evening Prayer. I’m not aware, however, of any provision for “long-distance” consecration of the elements.

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