Archbishop Jonathan Blake, a former Anglican priest who is now a bishop of the Open Episcopal Church, has hit on a neat solution to the problem of worshippers who cannot get to his Eucharists. He consecrates the host, then pops it in the post to allow members of the public to say their own “Masses” (minus consecration).
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Blake is prepared to send you consecrated hosts at the following rates:
FOR 1 CONSECRATED HOST £2
FOR 10 CONSECRATED HOSTS £4
FOR 50 CONSECRATED HOSTS £6
FOR 100 CONSECRATED HOSTS £8
FOR 500 CONSECRATED HOSTS £10
THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO PAY…
Once the host arrives, there’s no need to construct a tabernacle: “People can carry a Host with them on a neck chain or in a specially adapted wallet for emergencies or just to have that sense that Jesus is with them throughout the day.”
As I say, Blake is an ordained Anglican priest, albeit effectively excommunicated and now no longer a member of the C of E. I won’t comment further, except to say that it’s reassuring that, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, the wafers he is sending through the post are just that: wafers.
It still sounds like simony even if his consecration is invalid.