It’s hard to believe that we are now in the season of Trinity. Having just presided at the Eucharist, alone in church, I can officially declare that the Trinity season has begun. Our Parish church dedicated to the Most Holy Trinity has celebrated it’s birthday. I hope that I was able to convey something of the celebration through technology.
It has also been a great blessing to introduce to you in our Sunday virtual Eucharist for Trinity Sunday, James Thomas our new Director of Music, and his wife Lizzie Peacock. They will be moving to join us in Weymouth in the next few weeks. I am looking forward to working with James and learning from his vast experience of church music.
The Thursday after Trinity Sunday we celebrate a day more famously known as Corpus Christi and is sometimes in people’s eyes associated with the Roman catholic church. It is the day in the year when we give thanks for the Holy Eucharist. It is also firmly set in our Anglican calander.
But I would ask you to think about the importance of the Eucharist this year perhaps more than ever before.
We have not been able to gather to worship for nearly three months. We have not been together as People and Priest around the Altar in all of that time. The lack of open celebrations of the Eucharist has I know been a very difficult sacrifice for many. Perhaps you have been receiving Spiritual Communion each week from watching me preside at the Eucharist in church which is then streamed to Youtube, Facebook and on to our website.
Whichever is the case the fact that we are at present deprived of this most precious gift should make us even more conscious of its value and importance to us. When the Parish Communion became the normal main celebration in Churches instead of Mattins, the then Archbishop of Canterbury warned against tripping too lightly to the Altar. In other words, we should prepare ourselves properly with prayer and reflection before receiving communion. In the century before Queen Victoria allegedly said that it took her three months to prepare to receive the Sacrament. In her case it was not because of lockdown but the custom of the time not to partake frequently. Alas we do not yet know when we will be allowed to come back into our Churches to receive the Eucharist. We know that from the middle of June we may open the church for private prayer only. But remember that throughout this time of lockdown our Lord is with us and his Spirit will sustain and guide us. Please also use this time to think of the many sacrifices so many are making and face in these challenging days and pray for them.
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