Body of Christ, Bread of Heaven
We use real bread at St. Aidan's that is made from a recipe from Virginia Theological Seminary. Hold out your hands cupped like a bowl. The minister will come by first and give you a piece of bread that is the body of Christ. You can eat it right away or you can wait to dip it in the wine and then take it. Some who have been raised in the Roman Catholic tradition choose to receive just bread and that is fine. If you are gluten intolerant let the priest know and he or she will give you a gluten free host.
Blood of Christ, Cup of our Salvation
Then a person will come by with the Chalice (a silver or pottery cup). You can: gently hold the cup, and with the server, guide it up to your lips and take a small sip of the wine. Or if you held onto the bread, you may dip it into the wine and then eat it.
Communion holds a deep and varied meaning for us in the Episcopal Church. It contains the mystery of what Christ did when he died on the cross for the sins of the world.
I'm not sure about this.
If you are not used to receiving communion or wonder if you should that's ok. You may also come forward to the rail and cross your arms across your chest and our priest will give you a blessing instead. You cannot make a mistake!
If you visit us on the fourth Sunday of a month you will be invited to come forward for the laying of hands and healing prayers from our prayer team. These are done at the altar rail. Please come to the rail and when the healers come to you, please let them know what you would like prayers for. These can be for yourself, a family member or friend. Requests are kept confidential.
Would you like to know more?
The best way to get situated with our parish is to meet with our Rector, The Rev. Mark Wilkinson. You can schedule a time up at the church, which allows him to show you around. Or if you wish, a cup of coffee or a home visit. Email Mark or call 757-340-6459.