No eucharist alike.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz's In remembrance of me (Sept. 2014, p. 5), about a variation in the celebration of eucharist at the Sorrento Centre that included the children's active participation in the lifting of the bread and wine (an act usually reserved for a licensed priest), reminded me of another difference.
In the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala, India--which was my parents' church--everyone looks reverently at the priest as he lifts the bread and wine. Seeing this "Qurbana" event is considered a great blessing and is the most important moment of the whole celebration.
In St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Calgary that I attend, the priest lifts up the host and wine for everyone to see, but most of the congregants are looking at the words in the Book of Alternative Services eucharistic prayer they already know by heart. Only a former member of an Eastern rite church, his wife and I have our eyes focused on that blessed moment at the altar.
Emeritus Professor of Education University of Calgary
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|Date:||Feb 1, 2015|
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