A Return to Eucharistic Observance

Giving Thanks in Uncertain Times

For the last several months, we have abstained from celebrating Holy Eucharist because of concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular participation in Holy Communion is integral to Anglican faith and practice, so not being able to celebrate the Eucharist has been a challenge. But hopefully it’s also given us a renewed appreciation for the Eucharist, even as it’s also provided us with opportunities to become more familiar with Morning Prayer.

Now that we are again able to gather at the Cathedral for worship, it’s natural for us to think about when we might begin celebrating Holy Eucharist on a regular basis. We’ve spent the last several weeks learning how to come together for worship while also keeping one another as safe as possible, and are now ready to resume our weekly observance of the Eucharist.

Beginning Sunday, September 20, we’ll resume our practice of celebrating Holy Eucharist at our 9 am and 11 am services. It will continue to be necessary to register in advance to attend worship. The clergy will observe strict safety protocols when preparing and handling the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, and the way we distribute Communion will also be modified so as to ensure no one’s safety is compromised. Details about the practices we’ll observe during worship will be shared with the congregation before each service.

Even as we return to the regular observance of Holy Eucharist on Sundays, we remain committed to the Daily Office as an equally important dimension of Anglican faith and practice. Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (or Compline) will continue to be available online each weekday at 8 am and 8 pm

The Eucharist is a tremendous gift, both to the church and to the world. Hopefully our return to regular celebration of the Eucharist will further strengthen and inspire us as we continue to navigate the extraordinary time we’re now in. If at any time you have any questions about our worship practices, please do not hesitate to contact one of the clergy.