Any comments on this one article of 39 which are important in the Anglican Church?
It is used as basis to withhold partaking of Holy Communion to someone baptized in RC-
however there has been long span of time since attending church…
How does it benefit someone being told ( indirectly) they are wicked?
I thought we are all sinners, but for the grace of Christ Jesus.
And being held apart from all the congregation. Someone who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior., Son of God Almighty, and Holy Spirit.
29th of 39 article reads:
- XXIX. Of the Wicked, which eat not the Body of Christ in the use of the Lord’s Supper.
The Wicked, and such as be void of a lively faith, although they do carnally and visibly press with their teeth (as Saint Augustine saith) the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ; yet in no wise are they partakers of Christ: but rather, to their condemnation, do eat and drink the sign or Sacrament of so great a thing.*
This following comment to an article regarding Communion Resolution is from ENS:
When I walked into my church a little over two years ago I was a 36 year old woman who had never been baptized. I made a point of letting the congregational development director know I hadn’t been baptized, which is when I learned there are exceptions to this “law” made openly and knowingly. Soon after, as part of greeting us before the service, the priest gestured to the altar and said, “This is Christ’s table, and we don’t believe he would turn anyone who seeks a relationship with him away. All are welcome at his table.” I went to the rail that day, and nearly every Sunday since. I was baptized along side my three children a few months later, and confirmed along side my eldest a few months after that.
Now I serve as Clerk on the Bishop’s Committee, will cast the lay vote for my church for the Bishop Suffragan in a couple of weeks, and have started a discernment process. My children serve as acolytes and my husband works as both a greeter/usher and as the Treasurer. All of which helps our beloved little church and none of which would have been possible if it weren’t for the exception that allowed the priest to love me as Christ’s own even before I bore the mark that will last forever.
It was Love that brought me to the rail, that drew me to baptism, that stirred my enthusiasm for learning about the Episcopal Church through confirmation, and it continues to be that genuinely unconditional love that fills my heart as I serve my life as a proud Episcopalian. (end)
Christ never turns away anyone who comes to Him. Why does a church?
…I am sitting in a painful place right now… I was told by the A. priest, he would have to answer to Christ if he allowed me to partake. ( condemnation)
I am now in A catechism- just a few classes. Others in catechism are being allowed to take communion. I am the only one, the exception in entire ( very small ) congregation.
He says they have not been away as long from church as I have. Because I have asked him why I am the “only one” and I guess he sees this as " carnally and visibly pressing my teeth" so he feels encouraged in his decision.
So I have thought maybe this is God’s will…giving me a place to increase in humility-
to keep my eyes on Him and not on circumstances around me.
Maybe this is the point I will go see a RC priest. or maybe I will join the many who have walked away from church all together. or maybe I can see God’s will in all this and turn it all over to Him. and deepen my surrendering, and know only He has control and just continue where I am in A church.
if you read this far, thank you for your patience and doing so.