Holy Communion - Common Worship
- The precise form of the Holy Communion Service varies in each of the Chesil Churches.
- The words of the service -the liturgy- are accompanied by hymns, bible readings and prayers.
- The service lasts between 1hour and 1 hour 10 minutes
Holy Communion is the celebration of the Eucharist in the Parish. There twin focuses in the service, namely the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Sacrament. These reflect the proclamation of the Holy Scriptures, and then the consecration and distribution of communion -the consecrated bread and wine,. All those who attend as worshippers, encounter God through these two liturgies which make up the Holy Communion service.
Everybody is welcome to attend these acts of worship, which will differ slightly from church to church.
Many Christians believe in some form, that God is present in the consecrated sacraments. This follows from the epiclesis contained in many of the Church of England's set Eucharistic Prayers, which essentially invite the Holy Spirit to come down on the bread and wine and make them holy (i.e. consecrate them).
Receiving the consecrated bread and wine, is therefore about encountering God in a more direct form. The bible teaches Christians to approach God in reverence and humility -it is not a casual encounter. Consequently the usual practice for receiving the sacrament of bread and wine, assumes that you
would normally do so in your own church.
For all of us the journey of faith has a beginning, and if this resonates with you than are very welcome to attend the service and at the appropriate time, come forward for a blessing.
As you are considering attending one of our churches, why don't you ask the priest about the christian faith or about becoming a Christian, through Holy Baptism.
to the right is the text is taken from the Parish Eucharist Service for Ordinary Time (up to and including the Common Worship Feast of Christ the King), used regularly at St Mary's Chickerell.
It is of course just the text. Please come and attend public worship at any of the churches in the area. more information, contact one of the clergy.