Saturday, June 16, 2007

Holy Communion

What follows is a portion of "The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles" which is believed to date from the second century:

Celebrate the eucharist (Holy Communion) as follows: Say over the cup: "We give you thanks, Father for the holy vine of David, your servant, which you made known to us through Jesus your servant. To you be glory for ever."

Over the broken bread say: "We give you thanks, Father, for the life and the knowledge which you have revealed to us through Jesus your servant. To you be glory for ever. As this broken bread scattered on the mountains was gathered and became one, so too, may your Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. For glory and power are yours through Jesus Christ for ever."

When you finish the meal, offer thanks in this manner: "We thank you, Holy Father, for your name which you enshrined in our hearts. We thank you for the knowledge and faith and immortality which you revealed to us through your servant Jesus. To you be glory for ever.

"Almighty ruler, you created all things for the sake of your name; you gave us food and drink to enjoy so that we might give you thanks. Now you have favored us through Jesus your servant with spiritual food and drink as well as with eternal life. Above all we thank you because you are mighty. To you be glory for ever."

Our celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sundays and at other times is as old as the Church itself. I look forward to August when we can begin to gather here at Honey Creek. In the meantime, I am serving at King of Peace on Laurel Island Parkway in Kingsland, GA until the end of this month. Please call 912-510-8158 or see for times and directions.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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