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 ADMINISTRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Principles, Context and Understandings

• It is the historic tradition of the Anglican Church to offer Holy Communion in both kinds – "bread and wine."

• There is no documented evidence that illness has been spread by way of the common chalice used properly for administration of Communion.

• Communion chalices, and often other communion ware, is made from "noble metals" (not to be confused with "precious metals") usually silver or gold, because of the unique properties of those substances when in contact with living organic material.

• Communion in one kind (host only) in no way influences the validity of the Sacrament.

 

Guests, who are Baptised Christians, are invited to come forward and receive the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Method of Receiving Holy Communion  (Three methods)

1. Standard method is to receive the Host on folded hands (palms upright) or on the tongue and to take a sip from the chalice.

       
                                
                                 

 

       

 2. By Intinction: The Diocese of Fredericton has issued the following directive: ”Intinction (dipping of the host) only by the administrator of the host is permitted. The host should never come in contact with the communicant's hands prior to contact with the contents of the common chalice. The host dipped on one edge by the administrator should be placed on the communicant's hand or tongue, avoiding contact with sources of contamination.”  Those wishing to receive in this manner are asked to place their hand over their heart so the Priest will know of your wishes.   

 

3. Communion in one kind only (Host only) may be received on folded hands (palms up) or directly on tongue.

 

Those who wish to come to the Communion Rail for just a BLESSING are more than welcome.  Please cross your arms in front to indicate to the Priest that this is your wish.