THE MASS – RECEIVING THE MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRISTAs you receive the Eucharist, when you hear the words “Body of Christ,” look at the bread, look around and within and see the Body of Christ, and do likewise if you are distributing the bread. The presider should hold up the bread and look around and say: “This is, and together we are the Body of Christ, happy are we who are called to this supper.” If that does not happen in your church, why not? It is a core ultimate truth. It is a core biblical truth. For all our lives our Christ has been too small. Look around and behold the Cosmic Christ described by Paul. He and those who wrote in his name shout from the rafters the radical union that each person has with Christ. “We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.”
Can you imagine that? Is it too mind-boggling? You and I are part of each other, and part of Christ! The Body of Christ is a fundamental reality that connects us all with Christ, and in Christ with each other. Imagine that, as the First Letter of John proclaimed – loving God means loving one another! In doing so we love the God we cannot see by loving the person we can see.Don PachutaCommunity of Saint Luke, Framingham,MAJune 10, 2012 - Feast of Corpus Christi
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
This suggests to me a better conclusion of the communion rite than we usually experience.
As I have written before, we need to improve our performance of the communion rite.
The communion minister needs to allow time for the communicant to respond “Amen.” before beginning any movement of offering the bread or cup. The sharing is not about efficiency but about faith and communion.
Similarly, we need to emphasize participation of all in the same bread and the same cup as members of the same commun-ion/-ity. All should be standing for the entirety of the communion procession. All should be singing a processional song for the entirety of the rite. We are affirming that we are all members of one body, one communion. This is not the time for individualism.
What if all continued standing and singing until all had shared the one bread and cup, then the presider turned to the assembly and said.
“We are the Body of Christ.”
Then all respond.
Following that the congregation members could sit or kneel in private prayer while the vessels are cleared and the ministers return to their places.
This seems to me to be a better conclusion than any Communion or Post-communion oration.
What do you think?