We became aware of the Archbishops letter about Eucharistic practice yesterday which suggest we only take communion in one kind. This morning I presided at the 830 Eucharist in the Ithamar Chapel but only gave wafers to the people there.
It was an interesting experience that I did not like. It felt wrong and threw me quite a bit, particularly as the liturgy demanded we still poured wine and consecrated it – but only a small amount for myself to drink.
Rather than enjoying celebrating the Eucharist with my friends this morning, I felt that I was actually depriving them from entering into the full celebration of the sacrament. It was not a nice position to be in.
Don’t get me wrong – hygiene must come first – I’m just hoping now that the pandemic passes quickly (but I do have a lingering question – if we ignored the hygiene, we would catch swine flu more quickly, and then it would pass – no more pandemic! But I guess that’s too simplistic!)