St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Mission meets at our home on Sundays at 6:00PM for Holy Communion Service.
The Orthodox Anglican Church practices “open” Communion. Therefore, any Christian who has been baptized in the Name of the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) is invited to partake of the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
During this Covid-19 season, please find masks and sanitizer on the table when you come in for your use.
In the course of the service, there are times we may stand, kneel, and cross ourselves. Feel free to jump in whenever you feel comfortable. You can sit, stand, or kneel whenever you please – or not at all!
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Come as you are!
Come forward to stand for communion, if there is no altar rail.
If there is a rail, people will usually kneel to receive unless they are physically unable.
Kneeling or standing, place your hands flat, and in a cruciform shape, palms up, right hand over left, as pictured to the right.
The minister will say the words of administration, which often are, “The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven.”
Your response is “Amen.”
You can bow your head if you would like to avoid eye contact, and that is fine.
You can choose to make eye contact, and that is fine as well.
Lift your hands to your mouth (not using your fingers to hold the bread), and eat the bread.
Many people make the sign of the cross before receiving each element (the bread and the wine).
Others make the sign of the cross after receiving both elements.
You do not have to make the sign of the cross, and you can make the sign of the cross. This is not a rule, it is a custom.
NOTE: It has for centuries been the tradition of the Church to allow a communicant to receive only the bread. Partaking of the Body of Christ only is equivalent to receiving Communion under both kinds (the bread and the wine).
For whatever reason you do not wish to receive the wine, you may be seated after consuming the bread.
Next, a chalice bearer (wine person), will approach. (If you’re kneeling at a rail, that is. If you’re standing, then you should walk over to the chalice bearer.)
This is where you need to be ready. As they approach (or you approach), put out your hands to guide the chalice to your lips, and drink.
The chalice bearer is supposed to keep hold of the chalice at all times.
The chalice bearer will also say the words of administration, which often are, “The Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation.”
Your response, either before or after drinking, is “Amen.”
NOTE: During the Covid-19 season, we will only be observing intinction.
If you would prefer to receive only the Body of Christ (the bread) during this time, that is absolutely understandable!
What about dipping the bread? This is called “intinction.”
If you choose to do this, then you keep the bread that was given to you in your palms. The celebrant or chalice bearer will take the bread between their fingers, and dip it slightly into the wine, before placing it in your mouth.
Adults who are not baptized, or who are not going to receive, can come forward to receive a blessing.
If you would like to do so, simply cross your arms as you approach the minister (see below for picture).
Baptized children are welcomed and encouraged to receive communion.
No parent is required to allow their child to receive. If your children are not baptized, or will not be receiving, they can receive a blessing, by crossing their arms (see below for picture).
After you have received, follow the crowd back to your seat. Most folks will then pray silently, or sing.
Modified from an article by Greg Goebel.
If you are not receiving Holy Communion, but would still like a blessing, just cross your arms right over left.