Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reflections on Holy Communion 3

"Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord Amen"

Ah what a host we come to! Not a strangers table, where we must pretend and impress.
But our Fathers table, a family table, where we are known as we are, our hearts are open, our desires known, there are no secrets. What a host we come to! Not a brooding Father who frustrates, who leaves us guessing how to please him, who lets us wander in careless conversation as he grows more distant. But one who cleanses our thoughts, who guides us in love of him, who helps us honour him as we eat.

Do you call upon God at the beginning of communion, that you may eat well, magnifying his name? If you don’t use the Anglican collect, how do you do it?

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