Category Archives: On The Eucharist

On The Eucharist: The Mass is a Sacrifice, it’s Just Not a Mass

Nothing perks up the itching ears of Romophobic Protestants faster than the specter of Eucharistic sacrifice. Calling what happens in Holy Communion a sacrifice is the surest and fastest way to get yourself tarred as a crypto-papist. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, … Continue reading

Posted in On The Eucharist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

Ask an Anglican: Who May Take Communion

This is a question that came in a few months ago but that is perhaps most apt to answer now, given that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be taking up the question of Communion without Baptism this … Continue reading

Posted in Ask an Anglican, On The Eucharist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

On The Eucharist: Why We Need a Presbyter at the Altar

The Rev. John Richardson, who blogs at The Ugley Vicar, recently wrote a post arguing, somewhat cautiously, for the Church of England to consider allowing lay people to preside at the Eucharist. Richardson is a very interesting blogger. His perspective … Continue reading

Posted in On The Eucharist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

On The Eucharist: Defanging the Black Rubric

It has to be acknowledged up front that the Black Rubric is an embarrassment. At best, it is an unclear statement of a partial truth about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. At worst, it is an out … Continue reading

Posted in On The Eucharist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

On The Eucharist: Spiritual Food Is Real Food

One of the more remarkable features of the classic Anglican Eucharistic rite, often omitted from modern prayer books, is the Exhortation that the priest gives to encourage people to receive the sacrament in a worthy manner. The Exhortation comes just … Continue reading

Posted in On The Eucharist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

On The Eucharist: This Is My Body… No, Seriously, It Is…

The starting point for all doctrine is Holy Scripture, and as the articles tell us, nothing can be required of a person to be believed if it is not grounded in Scripture. It would seem then that the place to … Continue reading

Posted in On The Eucharist | Tagged , , , , , , | 15 Comments

On The Eucharist

“The holy communion, or supper of the Lord, is the most sacred, mysterious, and useful conjugation of secret and holy things in the religion,” wrote Jeremy Taylor in his 1660 treatise The Worthy Communicant. Taylor points out that many men … Continue reading

Posted in On The Eucharist | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments