It is hard to imagine that we have been in lockdown for five weeks or so now. In those weeks our lives have changed and we have all been adjusting to living and worshiping differently. We were overtaken so quickly by the pandemic Covid-19. The huge numbers of those who have succumb to the virus, particularly the nature of its virulence amongst the elderly and those with underlying health issues, has huge consequences for our society.
Yet we have all been moved by the selfless nature of all seeking to alleviate suffering and help those in need, Those who work for the NHS, staff in care homes and many other facilities who have displayed the indwelling love of God in what they do.
As a Church we have all been considering how we do things differently, unable to enter our church buildings at this time. It is for us all a new experience. But if we look back in history we find that back in the sixteenth century people were having to isolate themselves as a result of outbreaks of the plague. It was in this time that the Church of England was formed and because people could not attend worship the forerunners of the Book of Common Prayer introduced the term ‘Spiritual Communion’. This is the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in the celebration of the Eucharist may still share in the communion of Jesus Christ. The book of Common Prayer makes provision for this. That is what we have been doing at Holy Trinity church and will continue to do so for the time being.
We all know that the Church is not defined by the walls of the building. St Paul writes of believers being the Body of Christ. In making our communion spiritually, we are joining with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us ‘I am the Bread of life’
Please continue to pray, stay safe and join me regularly on line for our weekly services on a Wednesday and Sunday at 10am.