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Consecrated Communion

“Whenever we receive Communion, we enter into communion with the Holy Trinity. Did anybody ever tell you that? With each reception of Holy Communion, we experience, already here on earth, the same divine activity that we will one day experience in all its fullness in heaven—the divine activity of love eternally taking place within the Trinity . . . God wants to live his triune life in us. We are called to be dwelling places for the Holy Trinity and to enter into a personal relationship with each of the persons in God.”
— Vinney Flynn, p. 27-8
AN EXCERPT FROM, 7 Secrets of the Eucharist

I bow at the rail, , my knees bend and rest on the old cushions that has supported the knees of thousands of saint and worshippers. I clasp my hands together with my thumbs making the sign of the cross. I hold my head up as the celebrant comes my way.  I open my mouth wide, for I do not even dare touch the sacred bread. The celebrant puts the bread in my mouth. It is bread, but it is also more. It is a mystery. Father, Son, and Spirit are there.

In joy, I chew the bread. It is a gift I do not deserve. I am aware one of the celebrants thinks I should not be there. He judges me. I feel sorry for him. He thinks I should come to him and apologize. He has let a dark spirit move him and there is little I can do but pray for him.  He eyes me with a”how dare you” look. He believes he can read people, know their hearts. I trust the Scripture, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.” (Ps. 139:23 NRS)  Thus I gladly take communion.

Now, another celebrant is bring a large goblet toward me. This is the cup of the new covenant,  If ever “wine was the gift of God that gladdens the hearts of men,” this wine is pure joy. It is the cup of the new covenant. The celebrant offers me the cup. I take hold of the goblet on the side and help the celebrant tip the cup so I might receive a simple taste of all of what the wine means. Joy and consolation fill me soul. I stand and return to the place I was sitting in this marvelous old structure made for such services as this.

We end the Mass with a word of unified prayer and a few other words from one of the celebrants. I get up to leave knowing I have been in the presence of the Holy One, the divine Trinity, Father, Son, and Spirit. I am leaving with a sense of joy which they have given me. My current struggle in this world is currently difficult, but each holy day, each time the mass is said, each Sunday, I can receive from God this gift. What greater joy can there be in this life.

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2 thoughts on “Consecrated Communion

  1. David, you need to make peace with your spiritual father… Can’t you talk this out like brothers and Christians? Out of Love I am asking this!

    • I am at peace. I have a simple practice. I forgive and move on. I also believe that setting your self up to be attacked, gossiped about, and ultimately betrayed is not path to healing after have just gone through this with the Methodist church. Neither do I believe being an enabler of such behavior is a good thing. I have a spiritual father at our church, it’s just not the rector. The Eucharist is about Christ, not the vessel. So I am at peace. I have nothing to discuss with the rector, nor other than this response to you do I speak about the rector with anyone else other than my spiritual father/confessor. Ultimately, the Bishop is our spiritual father and I do not believe talking to him about this issue be in any way helpful to our church.

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