The Revd.

Matthew J Hughes

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Associate Rector   

The Revd.
Stephen Broadie
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June Leader: 

If I was to ask you what important Church festival always falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and always 60 days after Easter, you might well scratch your head. Just in case you have forgotten, the answer is, of course, the feast of Corpus Christi, (Latin for the body of Christ), or as it called in the Church of England, a day of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion.

That this feast is not as well observed as other important times in the church’s year is something of a pity, as it can give us a useful opportunity to reflect on the part that Holy Communion plays in our faith.

The lockdown has, of course, brought many losses to all of us. One loss that we might not have been overly aware of is the loss of receiving Holy Communion and I wonder how this has felt for the many people who have not been able to take Communion for well over a year? Holy Communion was given to us by Our Lord to bring to life his sacrificial death and for us to be reassured of his forgiveness and presence through the reception of the bread and wine. As St Paul writes; ‘every time we eat the bread and drink the cup we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes again.’ 1 Corinthians 11:26.

Through the taking of Holy Communion we are able to reunite ourselves to the Lord's sacrifice, to hear his words of forgiveness, to be reinstated as his son or daughter, to be fed and nourished with Christ's resurrected life and love. Communion is a moment of intimacy, togetherness, faith and trust. It is unique, irreplaceable and the particular offering of the church and its priestly ministry. During the lockdown I was never one to celebrate Holy Communion online. For me Holy Communion is something that is celebrated in person with the priest and people united in offering to God thanksgiving (Eucharist) and praise.

As we gradually emerge from Covid hibernation, I hope and pray that we will once again be restored as a Eucharistic community, in other words a community that breaks bread together. Whether in church, or at home, in the open air or in a nursing home let us celebrate the sharing of the bread and wine. This is the service that distinguishes us as Christians and unites us together, ‘though we are many we are one body because we all share in the one bread.’ Over the next few months there will be increasing opportunities for us to return to the practice of regular church going. For some this will feel strange and hard, as other activities may have taken over. However, if we can find a hunger in ourselves for the peace we receive through Holy Communion then attending church will be our chief priority and joy.