Holy Communion is our means of reaffirming our covenant with the King. It is my most treasured symbol in Christianity.
There are so many layers of meaning, so many rich facets to the message that 2,000 years after the Lord first presented it to His Apostles, we have not come close to exhausting the truths woven into it.
The Anglican tradition has people come to the front of the church to receive the Eucharist from the Rector. The custom is for each person to place on hand on top of the other, palm up as the Rector places the symbol in their hand.
The express purpose for this gesture is because they want to emphasize that Holy Communion is received, not taken.
Such a monumental message from such a small nuance.
This one posture — taking or receiving — has endless implications to the whole of our theology.
And it is a huge statement about our contemporary culture that when I did a Yahoo search for “receive Communion” it came up with 200,000 hits while “take Communion” generated 53 million hits.
Hmmm . . .
Copyright October 2012 by Arthur Burk
From home on a relaxed, contemplative Saturday