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From Fr. John: Adult Formation on Sunday morning returns next week. For the first three weeks of January, we will explore “Walking through the Eucharist” at 9:00 a.m. in the nave. In February, we will offer classes on “Beauty.” We will pray the Stations of the Cross through Lent in March, and learn about “Gratefulness” in April.
Principal Feasts & Major Holy Days, the Adult Formation classes led by our Associate Priest, Fr. John Fergueson, is on hold until Tuesday, January 8th, when we will explore the gifts and meanings of Ascension Day. As usual, there will be a 3:00 pm and a 7:00 pm class and class notes will be made available in the library. All are invited!
Communion: Why do we ask that the bread not be dipped in the wine? One theological reason and one practical. The common cup reminds Anglicans that our salvation is a collective salvation. Despite all the differences we bring, the Eucharistic is a foretaste of God’s harmony.
Dipping the bread is a late 19th century development based on some spiritual confusion, some false assumptions about hygiene, and frequently some bigotry directed at the poor, non-whites and non-heterosexuals. Dipping instead of drinking from a common cup risks alienating others.
The Diocese of Olympia does permit dipping so long as the Eucharistic minister, not the person receiving, dips a wafer. Baked bread should never be dipped because it leaves crumbs floating in the chalice for the next person, interfering with the dignity and beauty of the experience of the common cup.
Consequently, we ask that people not dip the bread. Of course, we receive the fullness of the Real Presence of Christ in either the blessed bread or the blessed wine, and so you may also choose to consume only the blessed bread.
Next week’s readings:
- Isaiah 60:1-6
- Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
- Ephesians 3:1-12
- Matthew 2:1-12